Apple Print Craft for Preschoolers

Fun Craft to Help You Welcome Fall!

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Your preschooler can be creative and learn what the inside of an apple looks like with this apple print craft.. Amanda Rock

There are so many wonderful things to celebrate in fall, from the beginning of back to school, to cooler weather, and more. Apples are a popular unit of study with younger children because they offer so much to learn about -- healthy eating, colors, and shapes. This apple print craft lets your preschooler have some fun with paint while investigating something they may have never really thought about -- the inside of an apple.

To start, read your preschooler the story of the Boy and the Hidden Star. Once you are finished, take out some apples and let your preschooler take a look at them. Carefully cut one in half around the middle. Ask your preschooler if he'd like to work on an apple craft.

While their are basic directions to follow (see below), there are lots of fun ways to customize this apple print craft, by changing the color of the paint you use, the color of the paper your preschooler presses the apple halves, whether or not your apples have a stem and leaves, and the number and the placement of the apple prints. This is one of those, "have fun with it" crafts. No need to worry that it isn't being done correctly. Just let your preschooler get to it!

It is also important to note that this craft requires a sharp knife, so be very careful when handing it around your preschooler. Be sure that she understands that even when not in use the knife is something she should not touch -- that it is something only adults are allowed to use. It's probably a good idea to do any cutting  in an area away from where your preschooler is working. 

In any case, before doing any crafts with your preschooler, it's a good idea to lay out everything you need first. Sometimes with crafts, especially those that have some drying time (like this one!), it's better to have all supplies right on hand. This will hopefully cut down on impatience and could help prevent temper tantrums

For more tips on making crafts with your preschooler, read Making Arts and Crafts with Your Preschooler.

What You'll Need:

  • Apples, any variety
  • Paint in a variety of colors, but definitely white and brown
  • Sharp knife (keep it away from your little one when not in use!)
  • Cutting board
  • Paint brush
  • Construction paper, any color
  • Markers or crayons
  • Glue
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels
  • Green paper cut into a leaf shape (optional)
  • Brown paper cut into a stem shape (optional)

Get Crafting!

  1. Using the sharp knife, have an adult cut the apples in half across the middle on the cutting board. Once the knife is put away, look for the "star" inside. Point it out to your preschooler. You can also cut some of the apples in half lengthwise so you have a variety of shapes to make prints with.
  2. Dry off the inside of each apple using paper towels. This helps the paint stick better to the apple.
  3. Using the different colors of paint and the paint brush, have your preschooler paint the inside halves of each apple. Paint at least one of the "star" apple halves with white paint.
  4. Make prints by placing the apple paint-side down on the construction paper. To make sure the print comes out whole, slightly wiggle the apple as you press down. Let dry.
  5. For the apples that were cut in the middle, look again for the star inside on the print. You can either leave them as-is, or use brown paint to mark them. Let dry.
  6. Cut the white paper to a small size, but give yourself enough room to print the following using markers or crayons: "Find me a house with no doors, no windows, and a star inside." You can also add the following rhyme (sung to the tune of Feres Jacques): "I like apples, I like apples! Yes I do! Yes I do! Crispy and crunchy! Munchy, munchy, munchy! Good for me! Good for you!" Glue the rhyme (or rhymes) to the paper.
  7. Add a stem and leaves to each apple if you like.
  8. Write at the bottom of each apple whether it is the inside of the apple ("star" prints in white) or the outside (other colored prints).
  9. Have your preschooler sign and date her creation. Hang in a special place!

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