Last week we had a fun play date inspired by this Caramel Apple Bar. Although I can’t take full credit for this one since another mom in our group came up with this idea to go along with the book Apples, Apples Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Many times if an event is a hit, someone will host a “second string” and that’s just what we decided to do.
Another nice thing about our mom’s group is the idea of “co-hosting” a play date. This way only one person has to get the craft ready and another person simply hosts the event. A friend of mine was kind enough to let us use her home and we decided to do more of a Caramel Apple Sundae Bar so it would be easier for the kids to make as well as eat. We also didn’t have time to get our hands on a copy of the same book, so we used Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell. I also had some other Halloween books on hand that feature caramel apples as well as bobbing for apples so I brought along Where is Baby’s Pumpkin? and Happy Halloween, Curious George.
For the bar, I had my husband make us his famous caramel sauce from this recipe, which is basically a stick of butter and a half cup of sugar. I like this sauce because it’s not too sticky and is super easy to make. We also brought chocolate chips, crushed graham crackers, marshmallows and shredded coconut. Of course my youngest ate around all of his apples and only ate the toppings, but the kids still had fun eating their yummy treat.
Even though it’s not quite fall weather in Texas, there are so many fun ideas to go along with the book Apples and Pumpkins, and it was a lot of fun trying to find other books to go along with our play date. Here are some more craft and snack inspiration for your next apple-themed play date!