"Aunt Eliza had brought Ma a large red apple stuck full of cloves. How good it smelled! And it would not spoil, for so many cloves would keep it sound and sweet." Little House In The Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House In The Big Woods is my most favorite of the Little House books. I love the descriptions given of daily pioneer life. Clove apples are a very simple craft to make with children. They don't have to make a pattern at all, but some will want to and they smell wonderful! They also taste very good too (after cloves have been removed). I found a small bottle of cloves for little more than a dollar at the local store, though they can be quite costly--I had to shop around. The number of cloves per child can be limited if necessary. Handi-wipes would be good to have on hand since the fruit is very juicy.
Press the sharp point of each clove into the apple. Push it in until only the head of the clove shows. you may need a toothpick to help you get started. Continue until the whole apple is covered with cloves, (you can limit the amount of cloves if necessary). To display your apple, place it on a dish or in a bowl out of direct sunlight. You can also make clove oranges and clove lemons the same way you make clove apples. These taste great in hot cider! (instructions from My Little House Party Crafts Book, ISBN 0439060052)
Our family hosted a Library Story Time and we did this fun craft. To see the lesson plan go to my Christmas Traditions, part 3 post.