Activities for “How to Make Apple Pie and See the World”

FIAR Selection

Today we met with our friends to take a trip around the world but never left the farm! We had a great time with this Five in a Row selection How to Make Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman.

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After reading the book, I gave everyone a passport. Here they wrote their name, birthday, age and favorite kind of apple on the inside cover. For the difficult words I wrote in pencil for them to trace. For favorite type of apple, my youngest, Pookie, wrote ALL 🙂.

Then they placed a 2 ½” x 2″ picture of themselves that my friend so kindly printed out for us. Now their passports were official and we were ready to embark on our trip to gather the ingredients for our apple pie. 

Here’s the link to the passport.

First stop, Italy. Everyone lined up and we played follow the leader, acting like we were rowing boats. After reaching our destination, we talked about a few facts about Italy, while they glued Italy’s flag and wheat in their passports.

Fast Facts about Italy

Capital: Rome

Language: Italian

Greeting: Ciao

Semolina is used to make pizza dough, bread and noodles

The Leaning Tower of Pisa – I added this just as a famous landmark. Click here to find the coloring pages I used for Italy:


All aboard! Everyone boarded the train, and followed the leader to France to add France’s flag and a chicken to their passports. I lucked out with the board for France, as my daughter, Lil’ Miss, did an excellent job on this poster for the geography fair last year! Had I thought of it sooner, I could have given the countries to my two older children to learn about and create the boards.

Fast Facts about France:

Capital: Paris

Language: French

Greeting: Bonjour

Famous landmark – Eiffel Tower (children recognized this from Madeline and we had previously spoke about France as well with The Glorious Flight.)

France coloring pages:

And on went the follow the leader until we were back home…

Sri Lanka

Fast Facts about Sri Lanka:

Capital: (There are 2!) 

  1. Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte 
  2. Colombo

Language: Tamil

Greeting: Ayubowan

Sri Lanka Map:

Sri Lanka flag:


Fast Facts about England

Capital – England

Language – English

Greeting – Alright mate?

Famous things: Royal Guard, double-decker bus, and tea time…

England map:

England flag and Great Britian flag:


Fast Facts about Jamaica:

Capital: Kingston

Language: English however Jamaican Patois is widely spoken

Greeting in Patois: Wah gwaan 

Picture of sugar cane

Interesting fact: drive on the opposite side of the road

Jamaica map:

Jamaica flag:


Vermont, USA

Onward to home, The United States of America. I had our country’s flag hanging on the wall. Here we had a discussion on how there are 50 states. Then we “went” to Vermont for apples, and glued the last two pictures in our passports. 

Vermont coloring sheet:

I added an extra page to the passport for our state. Here I asked the children to draw a picture of their favorite thing about our state. So many cute pictures. Everything from flowers to their homes. 

Mini Apple Pies

Finally, the moment we had been waiting for…apple pie!

I made these tiny pies using muffin tins. I cut the crust dough using a glass. This was a great fit in the pan. A little trick I learned from my mom, is to roll the crust dough out between two sheets of wax paper. This eliminates some mess and you need less flour while rolling.

Use your favorite recipe or the one from the book🙂, brush with melted butter, then bake at 400° for 20 – 22 minutes.

Today was brought to us by the letter P for pie. 

Good fun with Great Friends!

Published by Home Study from the Grateful Heart

Welcome new friends. I'm Heather, a homeschooling mama raising three children alongside my husband. I love to walk our two dogs, photograph nature, and write poetry. As a family, we love reading together, creating art, sports and all things nature. We also enjoy sharing our learning experiences with friends and creating co-op opportunities. I enjoy writing about our homeschool adventures, as well as nature and sharing recipes. My heart is grateful for my family, our homeschool, our friends and homeschool community, as well as the nature around us. In addition to following my blog, you can find me on Facebook at Home Study from the Grateful Heart.

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