Here's a fun fall activity to do with your toddler--making dried apple slices. Dieter and I enjoyed doing this and it took almost no planning and no time.
First I sliced the apples very thinly with the mandoline.
Dieter arranged them on the cookie sheet lined with parchment,
. . . then sprinkled the slices with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Into the oven they go for two hours at 200 degrees (I actually turned it down to "warm" about midway through because they seemed to be browning too fast).
Crispy apple slices! Yum! They were still kind of chewy when I took them out, but they crisped up right away upon cooling. These will be great for lunches, especially for Faith who is picky in general but loves these apple rings (and they're much cheaper than buying the dehydrated apples I've bought at Costco before--good, but a little pricey). I only have one gripe: two sheets of apple slices (two apples) condense down to a very small batch. They're so easy, though, I'm sure we'll be making them again soon.