Painting with Apples

Painting with Apple |

Today’s unplugged play idea involves playing with our food:  we’re going to paint with apples.

Supplies and materials

  • apples
  • clothes your child can get messy in and/or aprons
  • paint brushes
  • fabric paint and tees
  • OR use craft paint and heavy paper (recycled paper grocery bags would work) to make some apple designs
  • some newspapers to protect your works surface might be a good idea, too
  • corn on the cob stickers (we’ve discovered these help little hands when apple stamping)

Apple Painting tip: use a corn sticker to help little hands holds their apple to dip and paint |

Push a corn-sticker into an apple sliced in half and you’ve got your very own apple stamp, perfect for making prints. Slice it in half, there’s a pretty star.  Slice the apple length-wise, you’ve got an apple shaped stamp.

More apple painting tips:

  • putting the paint on a plastic lid as a pallet – the rim around the edge helps prevent over-spill when your child dips the apples in and moves them around in the paint
  • if you don’t have corn sticks to use, cut some small notches around the top or use a small cookie cutter or decorating tip to make a “bowling ball” style apple that your little one can hold a bit easier

We followed the directions here ->  Apple Prints and made apple tee shirts and onesies a few years ago.

Apple Paint Tee |

Apple Print Onesie and Tee |

Don’t feel like getting out the paints? Get out your crayons and pencils and create some apple art with a different medium. Set a bowl of shiny apples in a variety of colors on the table and you’ve got inspiration for both artwork and a snack. We love apples!

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. How fun! I’m going to have to try this with Eleanor.
    Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm´s latest post: 31 Days of Awesome Kids’ Books: The Secret of the Mansion

  2. Thanks, Kara! Just saw someone else apple painting today and I thought, *hmmm, why haven’t we done that for so long??*
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