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No preschool apple theme is complete without making apple stamps. Little ones will love making designs and patterns using an apple as their medium.
I love teaching about apples in the fall. When I taught preschool, I would fill the months of August and September with apple themed books, crafts, and printables.
My little learners would have loved an art project like this one!
This fun autumn painting project is perfect for kids who want to express their creativity with a fun new art medium – a real apple!
What You’ll Need
To get started, gather your art supplies. I bet you have most of them in your craft closet already.
• 1 apple half (try to leave the stem on when cutting!)
• Washable paint (red, yellow, green, blue)
• White construction paper or painting paper
What You’ll Do
First, remind kids not to eat the apple during paint time!
Press the apple down onto a piece of paper towel to remove excess juice from cutting.
Pour desired amount of paint onto a paper plate.
Tip: If you don’t want the colors to mix, use separate plates.
Place the apple down into the paint and move the apple around until the bottom of the apple half and stem is covered in paint.
Press the apple half down onto the paper. Gently lift up the apple.
If you want to remove the paint from the apple half, blot the apple onto the paper towel to remove excess paint.
This should clear the apple enough for a new color of paint without mixing the colors too much.
In the beginning of this project, we did stamp each color, but towards the end, we watched what happened when you mixed the colors.
Continue stamping the apple desired amounts of times.
Allow the painting to dry and display!
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT APPLES
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about apples. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
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Apples, Apples, Apples – It’s a blue sky autumn day and Minna, Pop, Mom, and Dad have decided to go on an outing to Long Hill Orchard. As the bunnies fill their baskets, Farmer Miller teaches them all about apples. This charming story is filled with fun facts, activities, and an applesauce recipe.
Pinkalicious: Apples, Apples, Apples – Pinkalicious and the Pinkertons are all excited when they return from their trip to the orchard with lots of Pink Lady apples to munch on! After realizing they have more apples than the family could possibly use, Pinkalicious finds ways to share the apples with others.
How Do Apples Grow? – Young children love to eat apples and go to orchards. Here’s a Hello, World! board book that teaches toddlers all about how apples grow—from seed to sapling to tree to applesauce.
RESOURCES I LOVE
Everyone loves an apple. Yum. Dig right into the core of the apple with this interactive felt labeling set. There are labels for the inside and outside including ones to show what happens to the flower during the apple life cycle.
Practice counting apples with this fun apple counting baskets felt board set. Children will love placing the correct number of apples in baskets. They’ll learn to recognize numerals, number words and counting to five.
Looking for a fun way to help your little ones practice counting and number recognition? These apple-themed fall number worksheets are perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners!