Today’s unplugged play idea involves playing with our food: we’re going to paint with apples.
Supplies and materials
- 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)
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.
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!