This week we’ve been working on our apple unit. Each morning we have read an apple-themed book followed by an activity that ties in with the book. When we read Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Wallace, I knew we HAD to do apple stamping that day!
I’d always done apple stamps with the apples cut in half vertically, which makes an apple print that looks like an apple. Apples, Apples, Apples is a cute book that talks about a variety of apples and includes a yummy apple recipe as well as directions to stamp with the apples in a different way…making star shapes!
Following the book’s directions, I used the cores from the apples we taste-tested in the morning and cut across them horizontally, allowing the star pattern to appear.
I also cut one small, spotted apple in half vertically.
These apples became our stamps.
I poured red, green, and yellow paint into some shallow dishes and called the kids to the kitchen for our apple craft.
We learned quickly that if you got too much paint on your apple it would leave a gloppy print behind. Using a few paper towels to blot some of the excess off before stamping the paper really helped!
My son was excited to see the star shapes appear on his paper, just like we saw in the book!
My daughter goes with “you can never have too much” when it comes to painting.
She made some lovely yellow stars with the apple stamps. Then she got a paintbrush and got creative!
You could use the apple stamps to create some lovely homemade wrapping paper and gift cards.
Or just make some pretty pictures to decorate the doors this fall!
Doing your own apple unit with the kids? Be sure to check out some of our other apple activities!