When we go apple picking, we always bring home almost (if there is such a thing!) too many apples. Between snacking on them as is, making pies and homemade applesauce, and sharing them with friends, I’m always sure to save one to do some classic apple printing. We created a displayable apple by printing on a cut out apple shape, but you can simply use a regular piece of paper.
Craft/Activity/Snack: Apple Printing
Objective: Use an apple as a medium to decorate an apple shape (optional-can use any shape paper!)
Skills Utilized: fine motor skills, discovering different textures, using your senses (touch, scent, sight)
Suggested Reading: How do Apples Grow? By Betsy Maestro
Materials: an apple, red paint, paper cut into an apple shape, a knife to cut the apple
First, the grown up needs to cut that apple in half. Cut down the middle, as the dashed line indicates below:
You will end up with two halves like this:
Don’t forget to save the seeds to do the apple core project we did last week!
Next, either use a paint brush to paint the apple halves red or dip the apples into red paint.
Let your little one grasp the apple and stamp away. Madeline enjoyed pushing down and patting the apple to make sure it stamped just right.
The finished project is a nice and bright child led piece of art.
Ways to Expand Upon this Activity:
- Use green or yellow paint to create other colored apples.
- Cut around the core to create a different shape other then a circle-try a triangle or square.
- Save one of the halves as a yummy snack like these apple nachos Jess made with Jasper for the blogs apple unit!