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 a fun autumn art project for toddlers and preschoolers
Classic autumn art project for toddlers and preschoolers to make Apple Prints.

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.

toddler made apple prints
Collection of apple prints made by a toddler for an autumn art activity to do

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!

toddler making prints with a cut apple
J making prints with a cut apple slive

To aid in his experimentation I provided a lot of different types of cuts of apples for him. E.g.

  • Slice
  • Triangle shapes
  • Circles
  • 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

Potato Printing Tessellation - combine art and maths to create tessellation patterns and talk about shape facts and pattern making
Handle cut into Potato to make it easier to hold for preschoolers and toddlers when making prints – we do the same with apples

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.

toddler making apple prints
J aged 3 making apple prints in the garden in early fall

apple printing

Apple Printing Art With Toddlers and Preschoolers

Cerys Parker
Fun and simple classic autumn and fall art project using apples to create prints for toddlers and preschoolers
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Equipment Needed

  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Paint Dish

Materials Needed
  

  • 2 Apples
  • Easel Paper
  • Red and Green Paint

Instructions
 

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.
    Apple Activities and Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Including simple recipes to cook together, learning and fun apple themed art and craft activities too.
Keyword Apple Activities, Art Project, Preschool Art, Printing, Toddler Art, Toddler Craft
Have you Made This?Let us know how it went!

More Apple Crafts and Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Celebrate early autumn with your toddlers and preschoolers by trying some of this apple crafts ideal for little hands to have a go at making.

Find a fantastic Selection of Apple Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Apple Sensory Bag
Easy preschool science experiment for apple themed week or when exploring the body and the 5 senses with data sheet to download to explore apples.
Apple Science Sensory Investigation
Simple apple themed counting and number recognition activity for toddlers and preschoolers ideal for fall
Apple Tree Math Counting to 5 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.

5 Simple learning activities for an Apple Picking Field Trip with a child in early years, covering Numeracy, Sensory, Literacy and Creative Arts
Go Apple Picking and use it as a learning exercise with your toddlers and preschoolers

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.

making apple prints with toddlers and preschoolers
Fall art activity for toddlers and preschoolers to make apple prints.
Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

2 Comments

  1. Apple printing looks good to me, and a great idea for your linky party. If it were Halloween I would link up apple bobbing and toffee apples! Thank you for joining Country Kids.

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