31 days of unplugged play: apple painting (and more)


Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

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 bags to apple stamp
  • OR 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)

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.

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

Need a little more apple inspiration?

Apple Recipes

Looking ahead

Be saving paper towel and toilet paper tubes and other bits of cardboard for some more unplugged fun.

Just joining us?  Find 31 Days of Unplugged Play here.

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 KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. How fun! I’m going to have to try this with Eleanor.
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  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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