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Muddy Faces


A tasty seasonal delight and much more...



Welcome to Muddy Faces Inspirations: bringing together activities & ideas with a specific theme, to inspire your time outdoors playing, learning & connecting with nature. Follow the highlighted links to take you to our step-by-step activity guides.

Hand-picked apples taste so much nicer that the ones you get from a supermarket. If you are lucky you might have access to an apple tree in your garden or the garden of a relative. You can sometimes find apple trees on the street, or hidden orchards in community spaces. Look out for people leaving a box of apples outside their house for you to take.

What you'll need

  • apples

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • seek land owners permission
  • compost rotten apples

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • wash apples before eating

Simply Apples


Working together to collect apples is great fun. Sometimes windfalls are still okay to eat.

Counting & sorting

Once you have picked the apples you can count them and sort them. Are they different varieties/colours/shapes?

Exploring apples

Using magnifiers, have a really close look at the skin, pips and the details when an apple is cut in half. Observe the changes as the apple discolours.

Apple peeling machine

It’s so much fun to use this tool that turns an apple into a spiral apple and has the option to take the skin off too. It is a really fun way to eat an apple!

It's also a quick way to get process windfalls for stewing.

Cooking with apples

Campfire baked apples

Another tasty campfire cooking treat - and one of your 5 a day!

Read More about Campfire baked apples

Make a campfire cooking fork

Make a campfire cooking fork -simple to make and perfect for cooking little tasty treats like pieces of apple!

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Blackberry & apple jam

Mmmm... what's not to like?! A traditional jam recipe for foraged fruits.

Read More about Blackberry & apple jam

Other apple recipes

  • apple crumble
  • simply stewed - great with an autumn morning porridge (you can stew eating apples - they keep their shape and don’t mush like cookers)


Compost your windfalls or use them as a seasonal ingredient for your mud kitchen!

Oak apples/oak gall

Look out for oak apples; they look like little crab apples but the oak leaves help you with identifying it as an oak apple. Try making ink out of an oak apple - see activity below:

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Apple Peeling Machine (Kids at Work)

£17.99 exVAT

Apple Peeling Machine that can peel, core and spiral/slice.

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Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

Key Features

  • Age Range All Ages
  • Duration 1 - 2 Hours
  • Location Anywhere
  • Season Autumn
  • Time of Day Anytime
  • Categories: Inspirations


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