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Fall Preschool Apple Craft Ideas

Updated on September 21, 2012

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Celebrate fall with these easy apple crafts for preschoolers.
Celebrate fall with these easy apple crafts for preschoolers. | Source

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 Apple

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Our finished paper plate apple.The supplies to make a paper plate apple.Paint a paper plate red.Create the stem with a popsicle stick, green construction paper leaves, and glue.Create a wiggly worm to poke through the center of the apple.
Our finished paper plate apple.
Our finished paper plate apple. | Source
The supplies to make a paper plate apple.
The supplies to make a paper plate apple. | Source
Paint a paper plate red.
Paint a paper plate red. | Source
Create the stem with a popsicle stick, green construction paper leaves, and glue.
Create the stem with a popsicle stick, green construction paper leaves, and glue. | Source
Create a wiggly worm to poke through the center of the apple.
Create a wiggly worm to poke through the center of the apple. | Source

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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.

Supplies:

  • Paper plate
  • Red paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Popsicle stick
  • Green construction paper
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Googly eye
  • Glue or tape
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Paint one side of a paper plate with red paint and set aside to completely dry.
  2. Cut out two green leaves from construction paper and glue or tape to the top of a popsicle stick.
  3. Once the plate is dry, glue or tape the popsicle stick to the back of the plate to create the stem.
  4. Add a googly eye to the end of a green pipe cleaner and bend it slightly to create a wiggly worm.
  5. 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 Tree

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Our finished handprint apple tree.The supplies to make a handprint apple tree.Paint the child's hand and arm brown and press on paper to make tree trunk.Make leaves using green paint and your child's fingerprints.Make apples using red paint and your child's fingerprints.My son proudly displaying his apple tree.
Our finished handprint apple tree.
Our finished handprint apple tree. | Source
The supplies to make a handprint apple tree.
The supplies to make a handprint apple tree. | Source
Paint the child's hand and arm brown and press on paper to make tree trunk.
Paint the child's hand and arm brown and press on paper to make tree trunk. | Source
Make leaves using green paint and your child's fingerprints.
Make leaves using green paint and your child's fingerprints. | Source
Make apples using red paint and your child's fingerprints.
Make apples using red paint and your child's fingerprints. | Source
My son proudly displaying his apple tree.
My son proudly displaying his apple tree. | Source

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.

Supplies:

  • White cardstock or construction paper
  • Green, red, and brown paint
  • Paintbrush

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Once the trunk is dry, let your child dip his or her finger into green paint to create the leaves of the tree.
  3. 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 Core

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Our finished toilet paper roll apple core.The supplies to make a toilet paper roll apple core.Paint coffee filters red and let dry.Paint the outside of the toilet paper roll white.Apply a ring of glue on inside of roll and insert coffee filters to make the top and bottom part of the core.Add stem, leaves, and seeds with glue to finish the apple core.
Our finished toilet paper roll apple core.
Our finished toilet paper roll apple core. | Source
The supplies to make a toilet paper roll apple core.
The supplies to make a toilet paper roll apple core. | Source
Paint coffee filters red and let dry.
Paint coffee filters red and let dry. | Source
Paint the outside of the toilet paper roll white.
Paint the outside of the toilet paper roll white. | Source
Apply a ring of glue on inside of roll and insert coffee filters to make the top and bottom part of the core.
Apply a ring of glue on inside of roll and insert coffee filters to make the top and bottom part of the core. | Source
Add stem, leaves, and seeds with glue to finish the apple core.
Add stem, leaves, and seeds with glue to finish the apple core. | Source

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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.

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Coffee filters (2)
  • Red and white paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper plates
  • Popsicle stick
  • Green and black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Apply white paint to the outside of the toilet paper roll and set aside to dry.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Cut out apple seeds from black construction paper and glue to the center of the core.

How to Make Apple Stamp Art

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Our finished piece of apple stamp art.The supplies to create apple stamps.Cut apples in half and squirt out green, red, and yellow paint on paper plates.Insert plastic forks into apples for easier stamping.Press apple stamps firmly onto paper.My son creating his own work of art.My son's finished apple stamp masterpiece.
Our finished piece of apple stamp art.
Our finished piece of apple stamp art. | Source
The supplies to create apple stamps.
The supplies to create apple stamps. | Source
Cut apples in half and squirt out green, red, and yellow paint on paper plates.
Cut apples in half and squirt out green, red, and yellow paint on paper plates. | Source
Insert plastic forks into apples for easier stamping.
Insert plastic forks into apples for easier stamping. | Source
Press apple stamps firmly onto paper.
Press apple stamps firmly onto paper. | Source
My son creating his own work of art.
My son creating his own work of art. | Source
My son's finished apple stamp masterpiece.
My son's finished apple stamp masterpiece. | Source

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.

Apple Stamping

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.

Supplies:

  • Apples (2)
  • Red, green, and yellow paint
  • White cardstock paper
  • Paper plates
  • Knife (adult use only)
  • Plastic forks
  • Black or brown marker

Directions:

  1. Slice two apples into halves with a knife. Insert a plastic fork into three of the halves for easier to handle stamping.
  2. Lay out three paper plates for the red, green, and yellow paint. Put an apple stamp on each plate.
  3. 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 Apple

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Our finished construction paper apple.The supplies to make a construction paper apple.Glue on pieces of construction paper to paper plate to create apple design.
Our finished construction paper apple.
Our finished construction paper apple. | Source
The supplies to make a construction paper apple.
The supplies to make a construction paper apple. | Source
Glue on pieces of construction paper to paper plate to create apple design.
Glue on pieces of construction paper to paper plate to create apple design. | Source

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.

Supplies:

  • Paper plate
  • Red, white, black, brown, and green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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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Easy Crafts for Kids

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.

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      Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

      These projects are so cute! I'll pass this Hub to my mother-in-law and her Headstart kids. A+++

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Arlene! Hope your mother-in-law will find these handy to use with the kids! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love the toilet paper craft idea. What a great hub post and one that parents will find fun to do with kids this fall season. Voted up and pinned.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Love it! Your kid craft ideas are always great.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much teaches! The TP apple core was one of my favorites too. I hope others will find these ideas as much fun as we did. Appreciate you stopping by, for the vote up, and pin!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Aw thanks so much Rose! Appreciate you stopping by and for adding your sweet comments!

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      gingerka 4 years ago from Colorado

      Really cool!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much gingerka! Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      These crafts are perfect for my 3 year old!! Fantastic, thank you ^_^ He happens to love apples as well. Voting this a bunch and pinning. Your son's adorable!!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Mama Kim 8! Happy to hear you will be using these ideas with your little one :) Hope he enjoys them as much as my son did. Appreciate the votes and for the pin!

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      mansi 4 years ago

      I love the toilet paper craft idea. i had fun doing it in my class . my students enjoyed it. thanks.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      That is so awesome to hear that your students enjoyed the craft! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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      sccanseco 4 years ago

      These are all wonderful craft ideas! I especially like the hand print apple tree - very personal! My son has problems generalizing as he has autism - yet loves eating apples - I wonder if these projects would help him to learn to generalize more by using something that he enjoys everyday. Thanks for the ideas! Voted up and I am a fan!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      So awesome to hear that you will be able to use these craft ideas with your son sccanseco! Both of my boys really enjoyed the apple tree craft. Appreciate you stopping by and for the vote up!

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      This makes me miss teaching. the last two years I taught my children were kindergarteners. We had so much fun. We did the Johnny Appleseed hat too....Maybe you might want to add that..just a thought...

      these look like so much fun....

      Angels are on the way pinned ps

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      Alissa Roberts 3 years ago from Normandy, TN

      I bet your kids loved the hat! Will have to add that idea soon. Thanks for the pin - appreciate you stopping by!

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      Marian 3 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Great ideas!

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      Alissa Roberts 3 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much BayAreaMare! Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Sarah Carlsley 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Great craft ideas here. So much fun, and affordable ideas too.

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      Alissa Roberts 3 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Pinkchic18!My kids really enjoyed these crafts. Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Cute ideas for those preschoolers this fall! They will love these activities using apples.

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      Alissa Roberts 3 years ago from Normandy, TN

      All these crafts were so much fun to do with my boys. Thanks so much for stopping by & commenting!

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      Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

      What fun and great ideas here. Most kids these days would rather play on their parents smart phone or tablet. Including my daughter sometimes. A great way to get your child into some home based craft work and away from the electronic entertainment.

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      Alissa Roberts 3 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Hezekiah! So true about the electronics - my boys are also guilty of getting wrapped up in all those things. But they will put them down to make a craft with me :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Tina Truelove 2 years ago

      Cute apple crafts! I like the hand print apple tree. I've noticed that one floating around the internet and it is one I haven't done with my preschoolers yet.

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Alissa, great ideas for every preschool teacher to do every fall. It's pretty crafty and handy. Voted up!

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