Fall is definitely my favorite season and I love all of the delicious foods that come with it! Earlier this week, we made home made applesauce (Maddy LOVED mashing up the apples after we had simmered them on the stove) and I was sure to save the apple seeds to create this fun little craft I have been doing since I worked in the classroom.
Craft/Activity/Snack: Apple Core Art
Objective: Create an apple core gluing project using real apple seeds
Skills Utilized: fine motor skills, counting skills, color recognition, following directions/steps
Suggested Reading: Peppa Goes Apple Picking by Meredith Rusu (Sorry, Peppa haters. Maddy has become obsessed 😂)
Materials: glue, construction paper cut into the following shapes: a “half eaten” apple top and bottom (as seen below), a leaf, a stem, an apple core, apple seeds
First, add some glue to the core of the apple and instruct your little one to add the apple seeds wherever they’d like. Encourage them to count them as they pick them up and place them onto the glue.
After the seeds are in place, add a little glue to the bottom of the core (you could obviously start with the top, too) and direct the child to glue the bottom portion of the apple down.
Repeat this process with the top. This is also a great opportunity to discuss top, bottom, middle, etc.
Next, instruct your child to glue down the leaf and the stem.
Tada! Now get yourself a real apple to enjoy for a snack 🙂
Ways to Expand Upon this Activity:
- Go apple picking at a local orchard.
- Have your child paint white paper red for the apple portions.
- Make a green apple core project.
- Let your older child cut the shapes out of the paper.