Apple Art

Worms just LOVE apples! I go to Wal-Mart and buy fishing worms (without hooks, very cheap) and we use red, green, and yellow paint to paint with the worms on apple shapes. It’s always a hit with the kids.

When making apple prints, if you cut a notch on either side of the stem so children can use them as finger grips. If you make it look like this it works really well ]0[ Make the notches square so it is easier to hold.

Color a paper plate red to be the “apple” and add a stem and leaves on top….then cut a small hole in the apple. Draw a face on the child’s finger and let the child put his/her finger through the hole. The child’s finger is the worm.

When using apples to make an apple print. Pierce the apple with a fork. The students can pick up the apples with the fork to dip in the paint and avoid getting paint all over their hands and clothes.

Dried apple and cinnamon noodle hangings

slice apples sideways and place in a lemon juice and water mixture for a few minutes. Moisten rigatoni pasta with water and then roll in cinnamon to coat. Using plastic needles and yarn, have children alternately string the apples and noodles. Add a country fabric bow to the top and dry near a sunny window. They look and smell great!

Family Apple Tree: Cut out apple shapes on white construction paper; then have the children finger paint with the color red. When dry; put the child’s family picture on the apple. I made a tree out of cardboard; then the kids painted it brown; when it was dry; To make it look like a real apple tree I cut out some green paper a cloud like shape and taped it on the tree; then I taped each child’s apple on the tree. I had it up for our Open House in October. The kids really got a kick out of it. They showed their parents at Open House and were very proud. Also include teacher’s family picture.

Apple Rolling. You will need one red apple, one green apple, one yellow apple, three medium bowls with a small amount of red, green, and yellow paint (one color in each bowl), white construction paper, and a box or a bin large enough to hold the paper on the bottom. Place each apple in the bowl with the corresponding color of paint. After placing the paper in the box or bin have the children place the paint dipped apples (one at a time) in the box or bin. Let the children move the box from side to side or shake the bin to get the paint dipped apple to move around. Use all three colors and the apples will drag the paint, creating a beautiful design on the paper. The kids love this. I also sing this made up song with the kids while they are creating. To the tune of Row Row Row Your Boat. Roll roll roll the apple, Watch the colors blend, Make the colors move around, And then we’ll do it again!

Candy Apples – Cut a small slice off the bottom of a 3 inch Styrofoam ball so that it will sit flat. Insert a craft stick on top. Paint with red paint mixed with a small amount of glue. Sprinkle top with glitter of real sprinkles. I like using large paint brushes. Great for classes with food allergies!

I cut out construction paper apples (all apples colors) and then let the kids glue on buttons that are apple colors, looks really cute. I then let them paste on the stem with leaves and it’s all done!

“3-Dimensional” Apple Tree.

Duplicate a tree photograph or outline on white paper. Have children color or sponge paint trunk and branches brown, and tree leaves and grass below the tree green. For stability, glue colored sheet onto larger construction paper or cardboard as a mat. Using white glue, glue approximately (depending on size) 7 crab apples onto tree branches. Let dry thoroughly. For leaves, shred several sheets of green paper through a cross-cut paper shredder. Crush cuttings by hand rolling into a ball and then fluff cuttings loose. Apply white glue to leaf areas of tree and push green crushed cuttings into glue, keeping apples clear. Let dry thoroughly. Shake off excess cuttings and trim tree shape with scissors if necessary. If desired, glue a “fallen” apple on ground under tree. Depending on condition of crab apples, finished project will last several days.

Draw a tree with bare branches on a piece of brown construction paper using a black permanent marker. Then get a small apple stamper and stamp out apples on red construction paper. Let the child glue the apples onto the paper then attach the poem “Way Up High in the Apple Tree.” This makes an inexpensive and cute craft for any age group!

Make a huge apple out of tag board. Have children as a group paste tissue paper (red or green) to the tag board apple. Then paste a real leaf ant stem for the top of the apple.

I work with preschoolers who are ages 2,3,and 4. We just learned the rhyme, “Way Up High in the Apple Tree”. As an extension of that rhyme we did an art project. I helped the child to paint their hand and wrist brown. We printed that on construction paper to represent the apple tree and trunk. Then the child dipped their finger into green paint and printed those all around the tree branches to represent the tree’s leaves. Then we used a round sponge dipped in red paint and printed two of those on the tree to represent the two little apples from the rhyme. When it was dry the children got to use a black Sharpie marker to make the apples’ faces. I cut and pasted a copy of the poem onto their paper so that the children to could take their finished apple trees and rhymes home to share with their families. It was a bushel of fun! Ü

When making apple prints by dipping the cut apple in paint and then printing it on paper, it is often difficult to get a clear print unless the apple is sliced perfectly straight. In order to make clear prints, first lay a bath towel on the table, and then place a sheet of paper on top of it. When you print with the apple (or vegetables), the towel acts as a pad and the apple will print perfectly every time, even if it is not sliced perfectly straight.

My idea is for apples. Using apple cookie cutters and paint. Dip the cookie cutters into red, yellow, or green paint and print it onto any light color construction paper.

Instead of marbles use crabapples for painting. Put a piece of paper in the bottom of a box. Coat crabapples with paint and place on the paper. Let children roll the crabapples around by shaking the box.

Good for 2 year olds…..paint the palm and fingers of the child with brown paint and have them press hand to construction paper to make tree branches. then they can dip finger in red or yellow paint and dot on the branches to make “apples”.

I have the students paint the backsides of two paper plates red (or you can use yellow or green, I usually use red). After they are dry, we staple together and attach a brown or black pipe cleaner and green leaf in between the plates. I then put in some beans and finish stapling it. They make great apple shakers that we then use when we sing our apple songs!

First trace the shape of an apple on red construction paper. Then, cut out the inside of the apple leaving like a 1 to 1 and a half inch border. Glue on a green leaf then mount the apple on clear contact sticky side up. Have children cover with tissue paper of green yellow red and hang in the windows really pretty!

Stained Glass Apples Each child brushes a lot of glue on waxed paper. Then they cover the glue with red, yellow, or green tissue paper pieces and allow to dry overnight. Peel wax paper off and glue an apple outline over the tissue paper. Trim around the apple outline and hang the apples in a window or from the ceiling of your classroom.

“Wormy” Apples Teacher or child can punch holes around a cutout apple shape. Poster board apples work best! Give each child a piece of green yarn “worm” and have them weave their worm through the holes of their apple. It works best if you wrap the end of the yarn with masking tape, or dip the end of the yarn in glue the night before for easier weaving!

During our apple unit, we read the story “Ten Apples Up on Top.” For art I have the children draw a picture of themselves at the bottom of a tall piece of paper. They then take an apple sponge (or if you want, an apple cut in half) and then, with red paint, stamp as many apples “up on top” of their heads as they want. We have fun counting them. We also have the children use apple shaped beanbags to see how many they can balance on their heads while slowly walking around. I further expand the book with a flannel board – cutout apples and a figure – they can roll dice or spinner and put that many apples on top of the figure’s head.

Blow green/brown paint across the paper to represent branches. Next cut the apple in half to see the star and print on branches. Then you give them pre-cut leaves to glue on the apples or around the branches. This is really a cute project.

Make Apple Prints
Cut apples in half and in slices.  Let the children dip the apples into paint and make prints on paper.

2 thoughts on “Apple Art”

  1. We read the book “10 Apples Up On Top”. Then we trace and cut our own paper apples. We put a picture of each friend on a separate piece of paper. Each child glues their “apples” onto the head of their picture. They can count their apples and practice writing the number.


    Have 3 different colors of apples pre-cut out (red, yellow, green).

    Have the children glue and paste the apples in the right order for a traffic light on a long black piece of construction paper.

    Next, have them paint the apples with corn syrup. Leave to dry. The corn syrup will dry hard and shiny making it look like a light!

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