Can you smell it? That sweet, crisp smell that can only mean Fall? PUMPKIN SPICE!! Ha! No, I mean APPLES!
Every September when I was in the Kindergarten classroom I started the year with apple crafts for kids. In fact I started with an entire Apple theme! It was tons of fun and last year I shared that entire theme with you in this blog post: The Ultimate Apple Theme.
This year, I thought I would share some of the absolute sweetest apple crafts for kids. Because honestly, the apple crafts were the very best part of that entire theme. In this post we have paper apple crafts, apple crafts that use paint, apple crafts that use real apples, and yarn crafts too. You are going to love them!
Here are Cute and Creative Apple Crafts for Kids!
Paper Apple Crafts
Paper Plate Apple Craft, This craft has little ones painting and making a lovely mess, topped with a gorgeous little keepsake handprint leaf!
Cutting Practice Apple Craft, By No Time For Flashcards – When apple crafts for preschoolers sneak in the practicing of an important skill, I get pretty excited. I love how each step of this craft is so simple! Your little one can actually do it all by themselves while practicing scissor skills.
Coffee Filter Apple Art, By Mom to 2 Posh Lil’ Divas – Does your child love spray bottles as much as mine do? Too much, actually? Well your little one can spray their little hearts out with this fun and simple craft. Marker scribbles on a coffee filter are sprayed with water and left to dry to create this beautiful effect.
Paper Plate Apple Tree with Newspaper Leaves, By The Joy of Sharing – The stunning effect that you see on these leaves is newspaper and magazine print. I love how it looks against the solid colors! Your preschooler can easily complete most of this craft on their own, but will require your assistance to cut out leaves and their hand print.
Three-dimensional Paper Apple Trees, By Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds – Three dimensional apple crafts for preschoolers allow little ones to explore their creations at various angles. This is not something kids this age often get to do. Try it out! All you need is paper rolls, paper, paint and a tool for stamping (like bottle corks).
Apple Crafts using Paint
Apple Tree Fingerprint Craft, By Learn Play Imagine – It is so awesome how tracing a child’s hand lends itself so nicely to a tree with branches. And voila, half the craft is done! Add some fingerprint apples to the green paper and your easy apple tree craft is complete!
Egg Carton Apple Crafts, By Non Toy Gifts – How adorable are these egg carton apples? This craft gives your toddler the opportunity to paint a unique three dimensional shape, see how two shapes come together to form something new and uses sticks they may have collected on a nature walk.
Marble Painting Apple, By The Crafting Chicks – Isn’t it funny how after all these years (many, many years…) marble painting has always been my fondest memory of kindergarten? I remember feeling like I could roll that marble forever and watch what it would do next to my paint. You will need a box lid or tray, marbles, paint and paper to create the marble art. Once complete, cut the art into an apple shape and – voilà – another beautiful crafting moment for the memory vault.
Sensory Apple Tree Craft, By Happy Hooligans – Apple crafts for preschoolers that incorporate new textures and materials always take the crafting experience to another level. This sensory craft has three really fun ones: sandpaper, aluminum foil, and cork. Children might need to have materials passed to them one at a time to ensure they’re not getting a sensory overload (pardon the pun) and that they complete the tree in the appropriate steps.
Bubble Wrap Painted Apple, By Typically Simple – Toddlers will love feeling the bubble wrap used in this apple craft and will be amazed at the effect it can create when pressed with paint. A little mess might be inescapable because who can resist popping bubble wrap, even if it is covered in red paint? Do note that if you don’t have bubble wrap on hand, stamping with LEGO can create a somewhat similar effect.
Pool Noodle Apple Craft, By Glue Sticks and Gumdrops – Pool noodles are always a fun alternative for paint stamping, especially when you’re making apple crafts for preschoolers! Pool noodles lend themselves well to the job and they’re easy for little hands to hold.
Watercolour Crayon Resist Apple Art, By Munchkins and Moms – Using a white crayon, draw an apple on watercolor paper and then let your kiddo go to town with paint! Your toddler or preschooler will just love watching how the watercolours blend and move on the paper. The results are stunning!
Press Paint Apples, By Twitchetts – Apple crafts for preschoolers do not get much simpler than this, folks! Drizzle slightly watered-down paint onto parchment paper, press your cardboard apple into the drizzle and – TA-DUM! – you get a beautiful blend of colours! Once the apples have been cut-out, it is incredibly easy to make multiples and add them to a mobile or garland.
Apple Crafts that use APPLES!
Apple Boats, This adorable snack is easy enough that most preschoolers can make it themselves. Who doesn’t love an apple craft that is also a snack?!
Apple Printing, This fun apple craft for preschoolers is also an awesome math activity! Little ones learn patterning, counting and more.
Apple Bird Feeder, By Natural Beach Living – This fun and easy apple craft is both beautiful and practical. The best part is definitely the rich learning that will come from your children learning about nature and watching the birds enjoy the snack they have laid out for them.
Apple Stamping Handprint Tree, By Arty Crafty Kids – Your toddler loves stamping crafts, you say? You want to make an apple-themed craft, you say? What better craft than an apple tree craft where you stamp with..hold it…actual apples! I love that Arty Crafty Kids suggests making the brown paint by simply mixing the leftover green and red paint. How resourceful!
Apple Basket Stamping, By Premeditated Leftovers – This craft would be a perfect pairing with a trip to an apple orchard. Most preschoolers will require guidance or hands-on assistance when weaving the paper basket. Don’t forget to save the seeds from your apple stamping to add as a final touch!
Paperplate Yarn Apple, By About a Mom – This easy apple craft for preschoolers is perfect for a little one that may need some fine tuning with cutting and holding scissors. You know your child best, so if you think they will find all the yarn-snipping frustrating, this may not be the best choice. Others may find it peaceful to do. But we can definitely all agree this craft is simple and adorable!
Yarn Apple Craft and Garland, By Red Ted Art – With a few simple materials that you probably have lying around the house, your preschooler can create these beautiful, cozy yarn apples. Make a small handful of these and you have enough for a stunning apple garland that can be used in a home or classroom.
Yarn and Pinecone Apple Tree, By Buggy and Buddy – I really don’t mind the smeared finger-paint and paper faces with missing eyes, but when a toddler craft looks this classy, that is definitely an unexpected bonus! I can see these lining a fireplace mantle, or decorating a fall dinner table as a centerpiece or cute placeholder. Adult assistance is required to hot glue gun the pompoms to the pine cones.
Paperplate Apple Lacing Craft, By Our Kid Things – I love how this craft is pretty much foolproof. Once your toddler understands how to lace the yarn through the holes, they are guaranteed to create a yarn apple masterpiece even if the lacing is random. Tiny hands concentrated on this craft are also less likely to interrupt your coffee break. Eh, eh? See where I’m going with this?
Even More Apple Crafts
Apple Pie Playdough, No group of apple crafts for preschoolers is complete without PLAYDOUGH! Playdough really is the perfect crafting material for little hands. I love this apple pie playdough recipe and activity.
Beaded Pipecleaner Apple Craft, By The Craft Train – This adorable craft for toddlers can be done in a jiffy giving your little one the immediate satisfaction of completing a craft. If they are up to making multiples, they can be hung in your child’s bedroom on some twine, on a baby’s mobile (ensure they are well fastened), or on a collection of branches for a beautiful fall centerpiece.
Pipecleaner and Straw Apple Craft, By A Dab of Glue Will Do – I love how this apple craft for preschoolers is not only fun but chock full of learning: cutting, lacing, color sorting and counting, oh my! Make the apples as a simple decoration, or use them to count and color-sort buttons, pom poms or beads.
Stuffed Paper Apples, By i heart crafty things – These stuffed paper apples are packed with so much artistic fun at every step – not to mention that the final product is adorable! Sponge painting, colour-mixing, lacing, stuffing, sensory-rich materials, and more!
Apple Wall Hanging, By Moms and Crafters – This unique craft could serve as either a wall hanging or a porch wind chime if the “apples” are placed close together. It’s the perfect craft to turn into a little family affair where the preschooler paints the apples and older siblings attach the parts.
Toilet Paper Apple Tree Craft, By Reading Confetti – You know you’ve been saving those toilet paper rolls for a cute craft! Here it is! This adorable apple tree is both a fun three-dimensional craft and a lovely sensory experience. Tissue paper and bingo dabbers are used to create the tree-tops. Regular red paint can be used instead.
Stained Glass Apple Craft, By Kinder Craze – Your toddler could get some scissor practice by cutting the tissue paper required for this craft, but I think it could still look beautiful with torn pieces. Hang this adorable apple craft in any room for an instant fall feel as the warm colours flood through!
Pom-pom Core Apple Craft, By Non Toy Gifts – This is a simple, straight-forward and adorable apple craft for toddlers! Make it even easier for your little one with a “paint-by-numbers” technique by lightly colouring the rim of the plate in red, so they know where the red pom-poms need to go.
Paperplate Apple, By Happy Hooligans – Preschoolers will find this apple craft especially engaging after spending some time exploring the parts of an apple. Happy Hooligans added real sticks and leaves from their garden to make it a little more authentic. Save those apple seeds from a recent snack to take it to the next level. Securing a smaller plate or a round lid in the center of your plate might keep some younger children from accidentally painting the white center.
Tissue Paper and Button Apple Trees, By i heart crafty things – Working on this craft with your little one will expose them to so many fun art techniques and materials. Red pom-pom’s could be used instead of buttons if required. I can see this work of art being proudly displayed in a shadowbox frame with the glass removed.
Apple Weaving, By Hello Wonderful – This weaving apple craft has a certain coziness to it that I love! All you need is cardboard, paint, yarn and whatever materials you are hoping to weave. Little ones will love exploring the different colours and patterns of ribbon while trying their hand at weaving.
Fizzing Paint Apple Craft, By Fun Littles – Blow your preschoolers mind with this fizzing paint apple craft! Coat apple cut-outs with a baking soda solution and follow it with an acid mixed with food coloring. Apple-flavored fun dip and citric acid were used, but you can just use vinegar for the same results. The final creations are simply gorgeous!
Musical Apple Shaker, By Simple Kinder – Add some music to your fall apple crafting with these cute shakers. Decorate two plates, place tiny pasta noodles, beads or coffee beans in between the plates and tightly lace or staple them shut!
Well with a list of apple crafts like this you will never, ever be short on apple-icious ideas for your little ones! I hope you found one or two that are just perfect for you and yours.
Is Fall the time that crafting usually takes over in your home? It definitely is in ours. So get ready – lots of crafting ideas are on their way, from my home to yours!
Thank you so much for reading!
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