Coffee Filter & Paper Plate Apple Craft for Fall

easy apple craft for preschoolApples are what fall here is all about because we have six apple trees in our front yard and spend much time in the fall cooking with the apples, giving the apples away, and sometimes using the apples to paint too. When I asked my daughter what she thought of when I said fall the two words that popped out of her mouth were apples and leaves. You’ll see the leaf craft we made the same day as these apples later this week. This coffee filter  and paper plate apple craft for preschool is easy to make and a super fun process. If I was doing this craft in a classroom I would pair it with some hands on investigation of real apples like a simple taste test between two kinds of apples, a apple hunt outside that culminated in making crock pot applesauce in class, or for older kids something like this experiment from Coffee Cups & Crayons.

Gather your materials. You will need some paper plates, some red and green paint, scissors, coffee filters, a spray bottle, regular old markers, some painter’s tape , and paint brushes. Ignore the stapler I ended up not using it. If you don’t have paper plates you can try this similar craft from Gift of Curiosity.

paper plate and coffee filter apple craft for preschool

Start by coloring the coffee filters. Ours were taped down to our cutting board because it was pretty windy outside.coffee filter apple craft for kids

While they color you can cut the middle out of the paper plate and use the discarded middle to make a stem.paper plate apple craft

Once they are happy with how much color they have added spray!

coffee filter apple craft for preschool and toddlers

 

While the coffee filters dry ( and if you are low on time hairdriers are amazing at speeding up the process). Paint the apples.

paper plate coffee filter craft for kids

Paint the stem.coffee filter apples activity for preschool

Let everything dry. Tape the coffee filters inside the apple coffee filter apple craft for toddlersVoila!coffee filter apple sun catchersIt was hot out so drying only took about an hour. While you wait read some apple books ( check out our favorites below).coffee filter and paper plate apple suncatcher craft for preschool

 

 

Books About Apples

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ten red apples

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins is a simple but effective and delightfully bouncy countdown book. The tree starts with 10 red apples but one after another farm animal swipes an apple , despite the farmer’s protests. The sing song rhymes are fun to read out loud and my 4 year old enjoyed announcing the numbers as we counted down. The illustrations look like wood toys and I thought they were charming but my toddler told me he was scared of the farmer’s wife!

apple pie abc

Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray is a really cute alphabet book and story about a dog and an apple pie. You can imagine what the dog wants to do with the apple pie. The way the author / illustrator weaves an alphabet book out of a simple story about a dog wanting to eat a fresh baked pie is awesome. I really like this book for 4 and 5 year olds because there are some really great words and they can anticipate what is going to happen. My son loved it. The vintage inspired illustrations were my favorite, I wanted to frame each page.

Apples, Apples, Apples

Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace will not be returned to the library on time. We got it out today and my son has had me read it to him 3 times, and his dad read it twice. Clearly it gets the 3 year old seal of approval. It also gets mine. The story is more than just a story about a family going apple picking at an orchard. It explains all sorts of apple facts but what I really love is that it also explains that there are different kinds of apples and each are used for different things. Since each member of the family is using their apples for different purposes that fact is driven home . Great book for preschoolers going on a apple picking field trip , making applesauce or apple prints.

 

50 Easy Art Projects For Toddlers

easy art projects for toddlers My daughter isn’t a toddler anymore and my son is almost as tall as me, but I am preparing to jump right back into the world of toddler art projects as a teacher. I was going over some of my favorite easy toddler art projects and decided to turn the list I am using into one for you to use too. These toddler art projects are all focused on play. Some have an end product but even those few have wide boundaries and stress the experience and not that there is only one way to create the art.

If you need great toddler books as well check out our Favorite Board Books and 50 Books For 2 Year Olds.

sponge painting for babies

Simple Sponge Painting
Torn Paper Acorn
Pot Scrubber Painting
Paint with Recycling

easy toddler crafts
Ribbon Butterfly
Newspaper Hat
Paint With Toy Trains
Paint and Peel Math

toddler activity
Painting with Water
Bubble Wand Painting
Texture Collage
Paper Plate Tambourine

toddler art projects
Walnut Painting
Rubber Duckie Printing
Bubble Wrap Painting For Toddlers
Potato Masher Prints

painting with sound 5 senses activity for kids
Painting with Sound
Paint The Snow
Paper Bag Jelly Fish
Toddler Beads
No Mess Color Squishers

art projects for toddlers

Alphabet Cookie Cutter Prints
Heart Rainbow
Water Table Paint & Print
Block Painting

toddler art ideas
Puffy Paint Clouds
Flower Sticky Window Mural
Jackson Pollack Painting
Spray Painting Outside

cork painting rainbows st. patrick's day craft

Cork Painted Rainbow
Painting with Toy Bugs
Toddler Binoculars
Worm Painting
Fly Swatter Painting

toddler art ideas

Glass Sponge Painting
Garden Vegetable Prints
Painting with Baby Dolls
Trash Rainbow ( great for groups)

Animal Tracks- painting with toy animals

Animal Tracks
Fresh Picked Flower Place Mats
Painting with Nature
Pumpkin Prints

puffy paint moon sensory fun

Puffy Paint Moon
Mix & Make Colors
Turkey Baster Painting
Painting with Toy Trucks

infant and toddler painting ideas

Bath Poof Painting
Cork Painted Snowflake
Puffy Paint Ghost
Cookie Cutter Prints

Caterpillar Craft For Kids

easy caterpillar craft for kids We’ve been doing a lot of home renovations and have a lot of remnants of them around. We decided to use one of these paint stir sticks that always seem to arrive with new cans of paint even though we say we don’t need them. Instead of letting this stir stick go to waste we turned it into a caterpillar craft. You don’t need to sneak into Home Depot to get a stick  if you don’t have one laying around, you can use old rulers or even just a piece of cardboard cut in a strip.

Gather your materials. You will need a paint stir stick, pom poms, glue, googly eyes, a pipe cleaner and paint. We used paint daubers because they dry so quickly and we didn’t want to take a break in our art time. You may also want some scrap paper under the stick to keep the paint from getting on your table. My daughter helped me set up the shot.

pom pom caterpillar craft

Start by painting. She loved this and I just sat back while she worked on her hand eye coordination with this step.cateroillar craft for kids

Grab the glue! The glue will probably pick up some of the paint color but it won’t wreck the craft.caterpillar craft fine motor skills

Add on the eyes. caterpillar add the eyes If your child adds the eyes in the middle of the stick resist the urge to peel them off. Let them create, crafts are wonderful opportunities to create while working on so many other skills and there is NO need for perfect little facsimiles. One tip is to provide materials but no example. When you show kids what you are making they will likely duplicate it but if you give them materials to create it remains less structured , the more options for materials the more open it becomes. I usually ask my daughter what she wants to make and have her help me choose what we use, which is why so much of it is pink.

More glue! caterpillar craft more glue yay

Add the pom poms!caterpillar craft for kids with paint sticks

Add on the antennae too! caterpilar craft for kids

 

As soon as this was dry my wee girl popped it on her bedside table so it can watch her sleep. I think it may a bit like a dream catcher, watching over her at night. When she attaches so deeply to something she created I can’t help but smile. Excuse the iPhone photo but after so many years with terrible sleeper I had to sneak in and get a shot in the pitch black! Thank you Instagram for your magical filters.

sleeping with her caterpillar craft

Caterpillar Books For Kids

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bob and otto book

Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel is a lovely story about two friends who must part ways , in this case because one is a caterpillar who needs to build a chrysalis and the other an earth worm who needs to dig deep into the ground. What I like about this book is that it goes on to explain that the earth worm’s digging is vital for the trees to grow so that the caterpillar can eat the leaves and turn into a butterfly.  The message being that everyone has an important job to do even if they aren’t the same.

 

very hungry caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic, that most preschool teachers like myself can recite from memory. It really is a fantastic book, not only does it explain the life cycle of a caterpillar/ butterfly it also is useful for lesson about day of the week and healthy eating. The simple cut outs in the illustrations where the caterpillar ate through different foods is just the right amount of novelty to grab kids attention for this simple story. It was a childhood favorite of mine and both my children have loved it as much as I do.

caterpillar and polliwog

The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent is a sentimental favorite. I remember being read this book in elementary school when learning about life cycles. It’s more than just about life cycles of butterflies and frogs, it’s about becoming comfortable with who you are. I remember thinking it was hilarious when the caterpillar tells the turtle that she will be changing into something else not just getting bigger and bigger and he replies with ” I don’t blame you.” It made me snort as an adult too. Good for preschool through the early elementary years and if like me you read it as a child there is of course the sentimental factor. I love sharing books from my childhood with my kids.

Hot Rock Melted Crayon Art

melted crayon on rocks art project for kids

I have wanted to do this melted crayon art project for ages. I did these decades ago in a day camp but never felt my kids were ready for this activity until now.  This is not something I would try in a busy class because you need to be able to really watch the kids 100% of the time. I changed a few things from how I did it years ago to make it a little safer for my kids as well. The first one was to place the rocks in individual bowls. The bowls were safe to touch to move the rock and stopped my kids from reaching for the rock to move it. I also didn’t peel all the paper off the crayons so that there was a “safe section” to hold onto and if they got down to that part they knew to switch and get a new crayon.

This was a very fun and dynamic art activity and I hope that even if your kids aren’t ready to try it yet that you will save it for when they are!

 

Gather your materials. You will need some medium sized rocks, foil, crayons, a cookie sheet, oven, and as many little bowls as you have rocks. I also lined our work area with an old tablecloth and more foil.

crayon melting art

Start by washing your rocks and warming your oven to 250. I popped the rocks on a cookie sheet lined with foil and into the oven right away not waiting for the oven to get to full temp.

hot rock and crayon experiment

While they were in the oven I lined the bowls with foil. I also placed an old tablecloth and foil under our work area.

hot rocks summer art project for kids

I also peeled most of the paper off a bunch of crayons. Leaving a handle on each. This was the safe spot for the kids to handle the crayon.

hot rocks crayon art

Once the buzzer on my oven indicated that the temp was reached I took the rocks out. They are HOT mine didn’t get hot enough to burn but I can’t guarantee yours won’t, PLEASE DO NOT LET KIDS HANDLE THEM EVEN WITH OVEN MITTS. Have an adult wearing oven mitts place them in the bowls. Wait until you are certain that the rocks will feel very warm but NOT burn before you invite the kids to come create. Test EVERY rock not just one, they may heat unevenly.

hot rocks art project for summer camp

Start creating. They were both amazed at how quickly they melted. melted crayon on hot rocks activity for kids

They LOVED it and they were very careful too. melted crayon art for kidsI was worried I wouldn’t be able to get photos – and I didn’t get as many as usual but they were so conscientious about the safety and rules I had laid out for them. If only this ability extended to water flights in the yard… crayon art with hot rocks for kids

The colors mixed and twirled together and were so shiny! melted crayon activity craft for kids

Let them cool completely. We placed ours in our garden for decoration. hot crayon rock craft

 

 

 

Kids Activities Linky

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I am back from vacation and drowning in laundry and the final steps of a home renovation- in other words I have been crazy busy and am falling behind on my blog reading! Show me what you have been up to by linking a couple of your best kids activities and share them with my readers as well!

I have some really fun posts coming up this week and can’t wait to share – but today is all about you!