Fall Colour Apple Stamping – a great way for preschoolers to explore fall colours with a classic apple stamping activity.
Today, I thought it would be fun to combine both by making fall coloured prints with apples.
The process was fun and easy for the toddlers and preschoolers, and the results were beautiful. It was also a great way to use up a couple of apple that were past their best in our fruit basket.
I started by cutting some apples both top to bottom, and side to side. The hooligans love when I cut an apple cross-wise to reveal the star pattern that the seeds make.
We talked about fall colours and the kids helped me decide which colours of paint we should used for our our project. They decided on orange, red, yellow and brown, so I poured those colours into some styrofoam produce trays.
To make our apple prints, we used:
- acrylic craft paint
- styrofoam trays
- white cardboard
- paper bags
Then we took everything outside, and I laid out some brown paper bags that I’d cut open, and some white cardboard.
We stuck forks down into the apples to make them easy for little hands to manage, and we got stamping.
The hooligans had a great time with it, and I must admit – so did I!
I learned that twisting the apples made a really pretty effect. That wasn’t so easy for the little ones to do, so they more or less just stamped and rubbed their paint over their paper.
What do you think? I’m amazed by how much the circles and swirls look like real apples!
Edited to add: Check out how we used our apple stamped backgrounds to make a new piece of apple art the following day.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.