This simple apple craft is sure to tick all the boxes for your preschooler. Easy, fun, cheap, and mess-free make this craft a win for sure.
Why Make an Apple Craft
From an apple-themed week to a fall festival, apple-themed crafts will surely be a hit with your little ones.
Fine motor skills are worked on throughout this apple craft. Cutting cardstock and tissue paper, gluing on each square of tissue paper, and putting together the apple all work the small muscles in the hand.
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These muscles are important for holding a toothbrush, tying shoes, zipper coats, and even writing!
A brisk fall day is anything but boring when an apple craft is involved. Littles will love doing the craft and finding a spot to hang their work proudly.
- tissue paper (red, green, brown)– cut into small squares
- glue (a purple gluestick if you have it)
Tips and Tricks Before Starting
Because the apple cut-out is large, consider making the red tissue paper pieces bigger. To that end, the stem and the leaf are small, so smaller pieces of tissue paper will be needed.
Use a Glue Stick
Tissue paper and wet don’t mix. Because most preschoolers are still learning to use glue (let alone liquid glue), it’s easiest to use a glue stick.
Purple gluesticks allow preschoolers to see where the glue is so they can cover it.
Glue the Paper
The tissue paper can be applied quicker and easier when applying the glue to the paper.
Change the Size
Perhaps your little one isn’t keen on doing crafts or loses focus on things quickly. Set her up for success by making this a smaller apple.
Fine motor practice is still happening, but it is easier to complete the apple craft, leading to the feeling of success.
Let Your Preschooler Help Prepare
Don’t leave all the prep work to yourself! Allow your little one to help cut (or rip) the tissue paper or have her cut out the apple pieces.
Involving her in the setup process extends her fine motor practice and makes her feel important because she is helping you.
How To Make an Apple Craft
1. Draw an apple shape on cardstock. Make it large so that it takes up most of the paper.
2. Draw a stem and leaf separately.
3. Cut out the apple, stem, and leaf.
4. Let your preschooler have the gluestick and the apple cut out. Have her apply glue in small sections and then cover the glue with the red tissue paper
5. Once the apple is covered in red tissue paper, give the stem to your preschooler. Have her repeat the process, covering the stem with brown tissue paper.
6. Repeat the steps with the green tissue paper to cover the leaf cut out.
7. Glue the stem and the leaf on the back of the apple.
8. If desired, take scissors and cut off the tissue paper pieces hanging off the apple, stem, or leaf.
Easy Preschool Apple Craft
With little prep and simple items, this preschool apple craft can be prepared ahead of time and pulled out when you are ready to do a craft. It is the perfect addition to an apple-themed week or for a dreary fall day.