Families on Mission

Apple Orchard

Sharing God's love together is sure to ignite a lifelong passion for missions in your family! Use these resources at home to reinforce what preschoolers are learning at church. Talking about and praying for missionaries will spark creative ideas for helping others in your own community.  

WMU has developed resources that can help your family reach out to others.

Play and Learn November 2017

Enjoy Spicy Apple Cider Together

Supplies: picture of apple orchard, Johnny Appleseed book/information, ½ gallon apple cider or apple juice, 5 whole cloves, 1½ cinnamon sticks, 2 teaspoons of sugar, half fresh lemon, cups, spoons, pot, apple, knife

Before doing this activity with your child, go the library and check out a book on Johnny Appleseed. If a library is not close, you could go on the Internet and obtain some information about him. Encourage your child to sit with you while you read a book or information about Johnny Appleseed. Say: Apple trees were planted by Johnny Appleseed all across Ohio. He was actually a nurseryman named John Chapman.

Show the picture of an apple orchard. Cut an apple to show the seeds. Say: If we planted these seeds, apple trees would grow.

On a cold winter’s night, nothing tastes better than a cup of hot apple cider. Tell your preschooler that you have the ingredients for making apple cider, but that you need his help. Let your preschooler pour the apple cider into a large pot. Next, add the whole cloves and the cinnamon sticks. Encourage your preschooler to stir in the sugar. You cut the lemon and then allow your preschooler to squeeze the lemon juice into the pot.

Place the pot onto the stove and turn the burner on low heat. Allow the cider to simmer for 30 minutes; stir every 15 minutes. Make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom of the pan. Allow cider to cool for a few minutes. Strain the cider to remove lemon seeds, cloves, and remainder of cinnamon sticks. Now, you can enjoy a cup of spicy apple cider with your preschooler.

After you have enjoyed the apple cider with your child, you can store the rest of the cider in the refrigerator. It can be reheated at another time.

Note: Use extreme caution with your preschooler around the stove. During the cooking time, you could have your preschooler to draw a picture of an apple tree using the picture of the apple orchard as an example.


by Becky Rainey, Bessemer, AL






This Month

Creative thoughts for family missions activities. 

Discover more about this month's featured missionary, including prayer requests and fun facts to share with your preschoolers.

  • This month's missions focus—What is your Mission Friend studying? Find lots of ways for your family to be on mission together and to learn about the missionaries this month.

Families on Mission Calendars 2017–18

Preschoolers and their families learn about missionaries and pray for them, help others, and learn some Bible thoughts together on page 4 of each month's leaflet of Mission Friends at Home.  Ask your child's Mission Friends teacher for a copy.

Looking for more resources?

Find storybooks, helpful books, Missions Bank, Mission Friends T-Shirt, Mission Friends Sports Bottle, Mission Friends Tote Bag, parent-child leaflets, and Fair Trade items especially for preschoolers and teachers on our preschool products page.

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