Fall Preschool Apple Craft Ideas
When is the first day of fall 2012?
- The first day of fall 2012 in the Northern Hemisphere (United States and Canada) is Saturday, September 22nd.
Fall Crafts for Preschoolers
Fall is upon us which means cooler temperatures, leaves changing into beautiful autumn colors, and delicious apples are ripe for the picking. To celebrate the beginning of this amazing season with your kids, have some fun by creating a few of these easy to make apple crafts. All of the below art projects are simple enough for children ages 2-6 to complete and would work well as a group activity in a preschool or kindergarten classroom.
If you are concerned about the cost of creating these crafts, there is no need to worry. All of these projects are very budget-friendly because they use everyday household items and simple art supplies that you probably already have at home or in the classroom. To learn how to create these easy to make apple crafts, read further for a list of supplies and step-by-step directions for each art project.
How to Make a Paper Plate AppleClick thumbnail to view full-size
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Paper Plate Apple
A super easy craft to make with your preschooler is the paper plate apple. Not only will the kids enjoy painting and assembling this project, they will love playing with that cute little worm that pokes its head out of the center of the plate. Below are the supplies you will need and directions for completing this fun fall craft.
- Paper plate
- Red paint
- Popsicle stick
- Green construction paper
- Green pipe cleaner
- Googly eye
- Glue or tape
- Paint one side of a paper plate with red paint and set aside to completely dry.
- Cut out two green leaves from construction paper and glue or tape to the top of a popsicle stick.
- Once the plate is dry, glue or tape the popsicle stick to the back of the plate to create the stem.
- Add a googly eye to the end of a green pipe cleaner and bend it slightly to create a wiggly worm.
- Poke a small hole in the center of the paper plate apple and insert the worm to finish this craft.
How to Make a Handprint Apple TreeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Handprint Apple Tree
This next fall activity is a great way to introduce where apples come from while making a craft that parents or loved ones are sure to treasure throughout the years. The handprint apple tree uses the child's handprint for the trunk and fingerprints for the leaves and the apples. As you can see from the pictures, my four year old son really enjoyed this one. Here is a list of what you will need and directions for creating this easy to make art project.
- White cardstock or construction paper
- Green, red, and brown paint
- Apply brown paint to your child's hand and part of the arm to create the trunk of the tree on a piece of cardstock or construction paper.
- Once the trunk is dry, let your child dip his or her finger into green paint to create the leaves of the tree.
- After the leaves are dry, have your child dip his or her finger into red paint to make the apples on the tree.
How to Make a Toilet Paper Roll Apple CoreClick thumbnail to view full-size
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Toilet Paper Roll Apple Core
Another festive fall craft for kids to make is the toilet paper roll apple core. With this fun art project, your preschooler gets an inside look of an apple and learns all of its different parts. Be sure to discuss and point out the skin, stem, leaves, seeds, and core of the apple with your little one. Below you will find a supply list and step-by-step directions for creating this budget-friendly craft.
- Toilet paper roll
- Coffee filters (2)
- Red and white paint
- Paper plates
- Popsicle stick
- Green and black construction paper
- Spread out the coffee filters onto paper plates and apply red paint to both. Set aside to dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.
- Apply white paint to the outside of the toilet paper roll and set aside to dry.
- Once everything is dry, apply a ring of glue to the inside of both ends of the toilet paper roll and insert coffee filters to create the top and bottom of the apple core.
- Make the stem of the apple by gluing two green construction paper leaves to a popsicle stick. Insert the stem into the top of the apple.
- Cut out apple seeds from black construction paper and glue to the center of the core.
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Fun Apple Snack Idea
Since you will only use three of the four apple halves in this project, consider making your little one a fun and healthy snack with the last half. Add peanut butter and marshmallows between two apple slices to create spooky monster mouths.
The fourth fall activity for kids uses real apples as stamps to make fun works of art. This craft idea was used by my son's preschool class last year and I thought it was such a creative way to teach the letter "A" by incorporating apples into the lesson. By adding the plastic forks into the apple halves, little ones can better control the stamps while creating their masterpieces. Here is a list of what you will need and directions for this art project.
- Apples (2)
- Red, green, and yellow paint
- White cardstock paper
- Paper plates
- Knife (adult use only)
- Plastic forks
- Black or brown marker
- Slice two apples into halves with a knife. Insert a plastic fork into three of the halves for easier to handle stamping.
- Lay out three paper plates for the red, green, and yellow paint. Put an apple stamp on each plate.
- Firmly stamp the apples dipped in the various colors onto a piece of white cardstock paper. If desired, add stems to the apples with a black or brown marker.
How to Make Construction Paper AppleClick thumbnail to view full-size
Construction Paper Apple
If you have a lot of scrap construction paper leftover from previous crafts, our fifth and final fall activity is perfect for you. The construction paper apple is another great way to introduce preschoolers to the different parts of the apple. Using various colors of construction paper and glue, they can construct this piece of fruit onto a large or small paper plate. Below you will find a supply list and directions to create this easy to make craft idea.
- Paper plate
- Red, white, black, brown, and green construction paper
- Cut white and red construction paper into pieces. Use glue to attach the red pieces to the outer ring of the paper plate to create the skin of the apple. Then glue the white pieces to the center of the plate for the core.
- Use black construction paper to create the seeds and glue these to the center of the apple. Cut out a brown stem and green leaf and attach these to the top of the plate with glue to finish this craft.
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As you can see, all of the above apple craft ideas are extremely easy to create and make great group projects for a preschool or kindergarten classroom. If you are looking for more simple and budget-friendly crafts for your kids, check out the below articles for some holiday inspired fall crafts:
I hope you have found some fun and easy fall crafts to make with your children. If you have any questions or comments about any of the above art projects, feel free to leave these in the comment section provided below.