This activity takes a few days to be completed, but your child will love the end result. Carve a face into an apple and soak it in a bowl of salt water for about an hour, then set it out to dry. As the days go by, the apple will shrink, making it look like a little apple head, perfect for a homemade doll or puppet.
To make the face, peel an apple and remove the core. Use a butter knife to create a face (supervise children closely). Give younger children a head start by defining basic facial features.
Place the apple in a bowl of salty water to begin the drying process. Let the apple soak for about an hour, then dry it with a paper towel.
Insert a Popsicle stick into the bottom of the apple and rest it in a plastic bottle. Now sit back and watch. Every day, the apple will shrivel a bit, and the face will change — eventually, you'll have a face that looks as old as the hills.
Your kids can make up stories about the "apple people," or perhaps use them as puppets by decorating the bottle with clothing made of felt, paper, etc.