This week's virtual book club for kids theme is apples and we have our favourite apple activity for toddlers and preschoolers to share with you - making apple prints. It's really simple to do but we have some top tips to make it even easier especially with those little hands. So here we go Apple Printing - fun autumn art for toddlers and preschoolers.
Apple Printing with Ten Apples Up on ToP! By Dr Seuss
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We try and match our toddler and preschool activities here on Rainy Day Mum with a book. Our book this week is Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr Seuss and silly rhyming book about 3 friends that try and balance 10 apples on top of their heads.
Whilst they balance the apples they do lots of fun things like drink milk and jump rope.
It was such a fun book to read that our preschooler wanted to make 10 apples with his prints before he started to experiment with the apples.
Making Apple Prints with Preschoolers and Toddlers
Although as I said about J really wanted to make 10 recognisable apples inspired by our book this week. He then experimented!
To aid in his experimentation I provided a lot of different types of cuts of apples for him. E.g.
- Triangle shapes
- and one showing the apple star in the centre
This was achieved by cutting the apple in different angles. As we used cooking apples from our apple tree he had a nice solid shape to hold.
Top Tip for Printing with apples with Toddlers and Preschoolers
But if you are using smaller apples then like we did with our potato prints I suggest you cut a handle into the apple making it easier to print with.
For younger toddlers, you could provide just 1 colour of paint or to make it more "apple-like" why not provide red and green so you get a mix of apples.
Apple Printing Art With Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Cutting Board
- Paint Dish
- 2 Apples
- Easel Paper
- Red and Green Paint
Adult Prep Needed for Apple Printing with Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Cut the first apple in half from stem to bottom.
- Cut the second apple in half across the middle of the apple to reveal the star.
- Take a half from each and cut into different shapes for printing.
- Set up space with easel paper, paint in dishes so that your toddler can easily place the apple in.
Apple Printing for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Show your toddler or preschooler how to pick up the apple and into the paint.
- Make one impression to guide them especially if this is the first time they have made apple prints.
- Let them explore and create.
More Apple Crafts and Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers
Find a fantastic Selection of Apple Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Why not make a simple apple tree sensory bag and use this to help your toddler or preschooler count the apples from the trees into the basket.
Use your 5 sense to investigate apples with this simple science experiment to do with young children.
Count the apples and start to recognise numbers with this apple tree counting activity for preschoolers and older toddlers.
If you are lucky enough to have a pick your own apple orchard near you and why not take an Apple Picking Field Trip and use it to learn.
Apple Books to Add to Our Book Basket tHis Week
We love reading alongside our apple activities and as well as Ten Apples Up On Top! By Dr Seuss we have added these 3 apple books to our book basket this week.
The classic tale of Johnny Appleseed retold in this version of rhyme and pictures by Reeve Lindbergh.
Apples by Gail Gibbons - a non-fiction book that looks at apples, where they grow, their life cycle and more.
To start to introduce more of the autumn season we have added Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell. This will likely be a fixture in the book box through to the end of October for us.