Seven Kid-Friendly Activities to Learn about Vermont Maple Syrup

With the crisp fall air settling in and the humidity fading, it’s an incredible time to get outside with your kids and teach them about Vermont’s liquid gold: pure maple syrup. We’ve included a few  activities to do with your kids to show them how delicious maple syrup is and let them discover how it’s made. 

1. Visit a working sugarhouse 

To see where it all happens and how maple syrup is made, the best place to visit is a working sugarhouse to meet the people who make maple syrup, get a tour, and see what all of their hard work tastes like—there’s nothing quite like it. Find a sugarhouse to visit near you.  

2. Go on the hunt for tap lines in the woods 
Sometimes, all you need to do is jump in the car and head into the woods to find some tap lines. With many small and large sugaring operations visible from the roadside, you can discover tap lines from the road, on hikes, and maybe in your own neighborhood. Be careful not to touch tap lines – sugarmakers rely on them! 

3. Make a Maple Cream Pie 
What kid doesn’t like dessert? This Maple Cream Pie recipe is one of our favorites and quick to put together, not to mention a thrill to enjoy with a dollop of Cabot whipped cream. Here’s a link to this delicious recipe from our friends at King Arthur Baking Company. 

4. Preserve fall leaves for maple mementos 
All the leaves falling to the ground make for great crafting materials for creative kids. Ironing fall maple leaves preserves their beautiful color and creates a memento for your kids to share and hang on the fridge. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to preserve your leaves in a couple of different ways. 

5. Make a maple leaf pile 
The ultimate childhood fall memory is jumping in a huge pile of maple leaves. Plus, your kids can help you rake and leaf blow, right? Get the kids outside, gather up all the leaves you can, and jump in! Make sure to bring your camera and take some pics to share these memories. 

6. Make maple lollipops 
We’re back to sweets on this list (how could we not be?) Lollipops, loved by pretty much every kid in the world, can be made with maple syrup, some sticks, and fun silicone molds. They’re a great after school snack or weekend treat. Here’s how to make maple syrup lollipops from our friends in Canada. 

7. Make a Leaf Suncatcher 
With some fall-themed tissue paper and leaf cutouts, you can make some fun suncatchers that look like maple leaves! While you’re cutting up tissue paper, you can talk to your kids about where sap and maple syrup comes from—then you can go see a sugarhouse! Here’s how to make the sun catchers.  

While doing any of these activities with your family, snap a pic and share it with us @vermonttourism and @vtagriculture and use the hashtag #vtmaple100.