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- Things you probably have at home:
- Brushes – any size is fine
- Scrap felt or construction paper – for green leaf
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Ideal Age Range:
This is perfect for 1 – 3 year olds and can be adapted for older kids.
This is paint, so things will get a bit messy. (See pic of my 1 year old’s face below…)
5 minutes. All you need to do is gather supplies and cut the leaf shape out before you start. I suggest using small paper plates for paint.
This is a very simple project, perfect for young kids. It is a great way to talk about apples in a science lesson or work on motor skills with painting. Do this project and then make an apple snack and read a book about apple picking or the upcoming Rosh Hashanah holiday.
Both my 1 year old and my 6 year old did this project, and it was easy to adapt for both. The little guy mostly painted and mushed. My older son painted and then got creative – cutting a “bite” out of his apple and adding SO much glitter.
- Cover the back of your paper plate in red paint. Let them do as much or as little as they want. Use brushes, sponges or fingers.
- You can also use the front of your plate depending on what style you have – either works fine
- If you have a younger child, put the plate on a tray (we used a circular pizza tray) to help contain it as they paint.
- Cut a leaf out of your scrap felt or construction paper – anything is fine.
- You can decide on whatever size makes sense for your paper plate.
- (Optional) Use the green glitter glue to outline leaf veins.
- Attach the leaf to your plate with a small dot of glue.
- (Optional) Use glitter to decorate your apple. If you have other sequins, beads, or more items at home you can bring all of those things out and offer them to your kids to decorate. No rules!
This was a great way to break up our afternoon. My 1 year old loves to paint, but I can only take it in small bursts (see photo below for why). We spent about 10 active minutes doing this and the clean up was minimal.
Before you start the project, put a plastic container or bucket in your sink with warm soapy water. When you are done, quickly throw all of the brushes into the water, throw away the plates you used to distribute the paint, pull your table cover off and you are done. (If you are me, throw your child into the bath and then you are really done…)
If you want to pin this project, please use the image below.