10 Must-Haves for Apple Picking with Kids

must-haves for apple picking

10 Must-Haves for Apple Picking with Kids

1. A wagon. Actually, just bring two. Because when your kids get tired, about five minutes in, they’ll begin competing for a seat, not only with each other, but also with the five bags of apples you’re picking.

2. A math degree. You’ll need one to figure out how many apples to pounds to pecks to bushels and back it will take to make six quarts of applesauce, two apple pies, and still have a dozen left-over for snacking.

3. More than one apple picker. Otherwise be prepared for 1.5 to 2 hours of straight whining about how life is so unfair because “he got to pick more apples than meeeeee.”

4. First-Aid kit. Because when somebody gets clotheslined by the extra apple picker that was being used as a Jedi light saber, you’ll need it.

Gen-u-ine Apple Picker


5. A change of clothes. For when your children get bored after 10 minutes of apple-picking and begin rolling around on the ground pretending to make snow angels in the rotting squashed apples.

6. A Leash. For your youngest child that takes off running through the orchard, climbing trees, throwing apples, and singing nanny-nanny-boo-boo, while you’re either picking all the apples yourself, trying to stop the light saber fight, or intervening in a game of apple-smashing baseball.

7. Your spouse. Because you’ll realize that this was the stupidest endeavor you’ve ever undertaken alone with your kids.

8. A gold brick. Because that’s what it’s gonna cost you for a peck…or bushel…or whatever!..of apples. You think, hey, we’re bound to save some money by picking them ourselves…cut out the middle man… Yeah, just throw that thinking right in the trash. You’re paying for the experience, Sista! And don’t forget to add in the pony rides, petting zoo, and bounce house, all times the number of your offspring.


9. An extra refrigerator. Because when you get home, you’ll realize that’s the only way to keep the apples fresh. And those five bushels you bought won’t fit in the cheese drawer. So just head to Sears now.

10. Lastly, extra butt wipes. For later that night, when your kids get the Hershey Squirts from eating a dozen not-quite-ripe apples. You’ll want to have those bad boys handy.

…and if you’re lucky, you can get them on clearance.


Oh, and be sure to wear the absolutely coolest hat and outfit to the orchard.  Just like I did here.

If you’d like some real tips on apple picking, visit GoExploreNature.com.
What must-haves for apple-picking would you add?


  1. dawns_disaster says

    So, for #, can you just tie the leash to a tree and come and get them when you’re done? I think that would be WAY easier!

  2. Jill H says

    I just fell in love with apples again. The Fuji apples are my new fav. And yes they do cost a gold bar! They’re crazy expensive. Sounds like you had a fun filled day though!

  3. says

    I just fell in love with apples again. The Fuji apples are my new fav. And yes they do cost a gold bar! They’re crazy expensive. Sounds like you had a fun filled day though!

  4. says

    OMG, thanks for the laugh – this is hilarious! I went without #7 this year, but only because we went on a weekday (thank you, school holiday). So much better than the usual weekend madness. Thanks for the shout out, too! :-)

  5. hollow tree ventures says

    Ha! I wondered about this very thing as we braved the local Apple Festival today and were greeted at every turn by signs encouraging us to buy a peck of apples. And I thought, “That is so old-timey, I have no idea how big a peck is or what it would cost.” They could charge $40 and hand me three apples, and I wouldn’t be able to argue.

  6. says

    very trendy outfit. I must pin it :)
    replace apples with raspberries and I could have written this my friend… Happy apple eating until spring.

  7. Les Botchar says

    clearly you did not whine loudly enough so that your mom and MIL would drop off pecks, bushels, whatever directly to your home. LOL
    And I had to laugh because both of them wanted to take my 3 children to the local orchard and get MORE apples. I do believe I will just print off this here post for them to read prior to the outing. see if that doesn’t change their mind.
    otherwise, I am insisting on the bigger, better fridge also.

  8. says

    Next time you go apple picking I want to be there so I can film all of this. We could tons of money or go viral or something. Then, we’d have enough money to pay someone to pick the apples for us! 😉

    Too funny!

  9. Charon Benton says

    I love this post on apple picking! I have NEVER been apple picking!! Would you believe that?? oh my……Thanks for your comments on my blog !!! I love yours as well….whine with quiet time..that is hysterical!

  10. says

    Those “snow” angels sound so… yuck. I have to admit I was laughing pretty good by the time I hit “butt wipes”. Great list. I really love this take on the list!

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  12. says

    Seriously, how did I miss this post! That is why I never go anywhere with my children but bless you for trying (and I’m so glad you did ’cause this was a laugh out loud post that I needed tonight!)

  13. says

    Im learning, very slowing, that I can’t go out…definitely not with three…actually just not out with the third. She’s a spit-fire and a loose cannon!

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  28. donofalltrades says

    Ha, I have an apple picking post wasting away in my drafts folder. Why are they so expensive? It’s criminal, really.

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