Welcome to the first post in our A-Z Paper Plate Craft collection! “A” is for Apple: an easy paper plate apple craft for toddlers and preschoolers!
These paper plate apples are so fun and easy to make, and perfect for a Letter “A” craft or for a fall unit in preschool.
Our apples are very easy to make, and what I love most about them is that they’re different from the traditional apple crafts I’ve found on the internet. Most apple crafts, in particular, paper plate apples, show a whole apple – a red circle with a green leaf on top. Our apples are a little different; they’re actually apple cores. And I love that we have a green apple and a red apple.
To make our apples a little more interesting, we’ve used coffee beans for the apple seeds, which added a sensory element to our activity. Coffee beans are fun for little ones to explore, and they smell so good!
Let me show you how we made our apples!
To make our paper plate apple craft, you’ll need:
- paper plates
- red paint
- green paint
- coffee beans
- stem and leaf from a plant in your garden or from a sprig of artificial flowers
We were set up under a large tree in the backyard on this beautiful fall day. It’s a wonderful place to sit and craft when the weather is nice.
I gave the hooligans their paper plates and several shades of red and green paint.
The hooligans love blending colours even if the colours are in the same colour family. Using several shades of the same colour teaches the children about highlights and shadows, and it adds depth and interest to our projects.
To begin, we painted the rims of the paper plate with either our red or green paint.
Then, we cut a semi-circle into each side of the paper plate to create our apple core shape.
The hooligans added “seeds” to their apple cores, gluing them over the unpainted center of the paper plate.
To complete our apples, we snipped a few stems with leaves from our garden, and we glued those to the tops of our paper plate apples.
What a simple and delightful fall craft for little hands.
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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.