Thursday, September 1, 2011

Apple Stamping

It's getting to be my favorite time of year - FALL!  I love everything about it - the cooler weather, the changing leaves, pumpkins, cider, harvest festivals, and APPLE PICKING!  To gear up for my favorite time of year, the kids and I are doing tons of apple crafts.  Apples are also a great topic for young kids because:
1) they like them and 
2) they lend themselves to so many types of learning activities.
Today, we did some apple stamping.  This can get a little messy, but it's so much fun!

1.  To start, cut an apple in half and pour some red paint in a shallow dish or paper plate.
2.  Let the kids dip the cut side of their apples into the paint (we used red because that's the color we were focusing on today, but you could use any apple color - or all of them!), and press firmly on a piece of white construction paper.
3.  Let dry.  During this time, I let the kids paint other pictures since the paint was already out and we were already messy :)
4.  Glue small brown rectangles on for stems and green leaves on the apples.

5.  I also added the words to our "apple song" for the day (sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot").  Here are the words in case you can't see them:


APPLE SONG
  I'm a little apple
  small and round.
  I make a crunchy, munchy sound.
  If you bite into me
  you will see.
  I'm as delicious as can be!







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