Thursday, October 14, 2010

Apple Print Tote

Toddler, Pre-K, K, 6 & Up

Of course you can do apple prints on anything from paper to fabric. But, I love to have things I can use, and keep, that the kids have a hand in making. I had bought a 3-pack of canvas totes for a different project months back, and had this one left over. I think we will use it for a library bag to take to story time.

For this craft you will need:
  • Paint in red, green, and/or yellow (use fabric paint for fabric craft, washable for paper craft)
  • 1-2 apples. You will cut these in half, and you need one apple half PER color you want to use
  • Paper or fabric for your art
  • Paper plate for paint--one for each color
Cut your apple(s) in half vertically at the stem. Use paper plates to pour a little paint on, and be sure to have a different plate for each color.

Take your apple half and dip it into the paint making sure to cover the entire half. Stamp your paper or fabric and bring it straight up to minimize blurring.

Mommy Tips: Use a Popsicle stick or something else thick to insert in the back (skin) half of the apple to make it easier for toddlers to stamp their art. This keeps more of their fingers and arms out of the paint, and they have an easier time getting to do the craft. If you are doing a fabric craft and have a design in mind, make sure you pull out some paper so that your child can have fun making the prints without worrying over smearing the design on your fabric, or only getting to do so many stamps with the paint. Now you have what you wanted, and they can have fun stamping apples too!

With Gracie two years ago (2008) I did this fabric craft with apple prints. It is currently hanging in our living room with the other fall decorations.

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