An Apple a Day

On Monday, our kindergartener came home with an assignment to create with apples.  Creative ideas came home with the assignment however, our own children had something special in mind.  The 5 year old wanted to bake, the 7 year old sew and the 3 year old wanted a volcano.  So off to the drawing board to create some unique projects.  Over the next couple posts, I will blog about the activities we designed. Along with projects, I created a unique early learning recording sheet we used for each activity (available on my Etsy page).

Day 1: Apple Art: Tie-Dye Apples and Sewing

For the first project, I printed an apple on cardstock and precut the center. I gave each child a recording page. In the top section, in the leaf, they wrote their name, date, topic and purpose for their project. The left circle is for the tools needed. I had the 5 year old draw picture while the oldest had to draw and label. Predictions came next as they considered what project they might do with the tools listed.  The last section was to record their results and rate the project.  Visit my Etsy page to see the recording sheet


After giving each child a set of markers and a coffee filter, I had them cover the paper with color. The more the filter is covered with makers, the easier for the magic, I explained!

Next,  I filled small cups with water, helped them fold their filters into a triangle and invited them dip the filter into the water.  Colors flowered together and the children enjoyed watching the magic of their art.  I squeezed the rest of the water and placed on a paper towel to dry.

After the filters had dried, we taped them on the back of the cut-out apple and glued a second piece of cardstock to the back of the Apple.

With their results in hand, the older kids completed their journal entry and rated the activity. As for my rating, it was a simple and inexpensive project that captivated even the youngest; well worth the time and effort.  Even looking at the project now, there are many different ways to make this project unique and fun.  We could have cut out the stem and leaf and added more filters.  The front of the project could have added some unique design. Have another fun addition to this craft, list it below! I would love to hear your ideas and feature in a future project!


Project 2: Sewing

Our next project was sewing.  I first pre-cut the apples from felt.

Then came the sewing machine where we stitched the apples.  This was by far the most exciting time for the kids (and the most stressful for me).

We turned our apples right side out and the kids stuffed each with batting. This took some work and was a bit tedious, but with help from their dad, apples were ready to sew closed.  We helped the oldest sew her apple, however, I gave the 5 year old something a easier to practice sewing (a paper bag punched with holes and a bit of yarn taped at the end for a needle).

After we were all done sewing, we hot glued some fabric leaves and stems (scavenged from outside) to their apples.

2nd project complete!!  Again, they completed their journals and rated their project.  How did I rate the 2nd project? It was inexpensive.  From Walmart, I picked up 6 pieces of fabric at .23 ($1.38 total) and .99 cents for fabric leaves (which my husband cut to resemble apple leaves).  We already had stuffing on hand but you could easily use bean, rice, strips of paper bags to fill your apples.  Adversely, this project was more time consuming and lost the attention of the youngest. However, The older two, LOVED every step (especially sewing on the machine). Craft day complete!


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