Of all the apple “activities” we’ve done, I think this is my favorite. Lauren’s loved the creative painting technique so much that it just might be her favorite too. (I’ll have to ask.) Not only is this a great fall activity, but it’s fun to use to reinforce shapes, specifically circles and rectangles. It’s also serves as great fine motor practice from the not only the stamping, but also the crumpling and gluing of the tissue paper “apples.”
Here’s what you’ll need:
manilla or white paper for the background
brown construction paper (for the tree trunk)
scissors (if you aren’t ready for scissors kids could tear the trunk and tissue paper)
empty toilet paper roll(s)
red tissue paper (or construction paper although tissue is easier to crumple)
tray for glue
First, we cut a brown rectangle for our apple tree’s trunk. Lauren has been working on shapes, especially the tricky rectangle, and cutting at school, so this was perfect for her to do. Then we glued it down. Gluing is another big skill for three-year-olds in preschool right now. (There’s been LOTS of supervised cutting and gluing going on in our house lately.)
Next, it was time to paint, or stamp. The bad news was we were out of green washable paint. The good news was that we had two great green acrylic paints (that explains the lovely “painting shirt.”) Lauren LOVES to paint and lately she’s been greatly entertained by painting with non-traditional items. (She even painted with a marshmallow at school the other day. So silly!) I highly recommend letting your little ones try painting with not only a variety of paint brushes, but also other household items.
Stamping the “circle” shaped leaves was really fun.
Lauren dipped the apples into a little pool of glue and stuck them on her tree. (More great fine motor practice. Look at those pincers in actions!)