Apple Print Painting Craft

guest post by Wendy

After working in the child care field for 14 years I left to stay home with my children. I miss being a preschool teacher and planning a fun curriculum for my 4 year olds. I now own a home child care with children old enough to plan a toddler curriculum. We have been doing all kinds of fun activities with apples for the past few weeks.

 

Here is a pretty popular preschool activity that I did with Lani. Sorry about the photo quality, but I had my little point and shoot on the wrong setting.

 

First you cut the apple down the middle so you can see the star print on the inside.

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I take out the seeds since they can be a little of a choking hazard for the little ones. I have also heard they are poisonous.

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Then spread paint on a plate. I chose red since we are using red apples, but you can use any color. This paint says that it is washable, but it always stains Lani’s hands. I add a bit of hand soap to help with that problem. I also put one of my son’s old shirts on her as a “paint shirt”.

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Initially Lani used just her hands to stamp the apple onto the paper. When her hands got into the paint it made the apple slippery. So, I stuck a popsicle stick into it for her to hang onto. That was much easier. Oh, I also realized that since she is left handed I should put the plate on the left side of her.

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Here is the final product.

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Lani is a little over 2 so her prints do not show the “star” in the center of the apple. If your child is older you can have more than one apple out with different colors.