Make a Basket of Paper Bag Apples

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  • Things you probably have at home:
    • Filler paper – any scrap paper is fine
    • Wide brush
    • Scissors
    • Tape/ twist ties/ rubber bands – to secure the stem

Any filler paper will work for this project

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Ideal Age Range:

This project is perfect for 18 months – 4 years.

Mess Factor:

The paint is messy, but easily controlled. The other parts of the project are mess-free!

Prep Time:

5 minutes – gather supplies and you are ready to get started.


This activity can be done together as a family, regardless of ages, to help create a basket full of apples! It is a great project that can be displayed for the entire fall season and remind you of the time spent together making these! Perfect to celebrate fall or to help celebrate the Jewish New Year.

Active Instructions:

  1. Open paper bag and have your child crumple and scrunch filler paper, stuffing it into the bag until it’s about ⅓ full. Young children love to scrunch paper which is helpful for strengthening fine motor skills. (Any paper that you have is fine – tissue paper, printer paper, newspaper, wrapping paper scraps…)
  2. Help your child push the paper tightly into the bottom of the bag and then help twist the top of the bag closed. Clasp with twist tie or rubber band.
Step 1 – stuff the bag with paper

Step 2 – twist the top and secure
  1. Cut off the excess bag, leaving a small stem. Use a small piece of tape to wrap around the stem.
  2. Paint the bag red.
    • Use a table cover and smock for this step. Allow your child to enjoy the painting process. Try not to be concerned with messy hands; paint washes off!
Step 3 – cut the excess stem off + secure

Step 4 – paint it red!

  1. After the paint dries, use the green paper to cut some leaf shapes. Punch or poke holes
    in the leaves.
  2. Have your child help wrap about ½ of a piece of green pipe cleaner around the stem and
    thread with two leaves. Twist the pipe cleaner tightly around the stem and cut off excess.
Step 5 – cut out leaves

Step 6 – secure the leaves to the top of the apple

You can have each child create their own apple (or multiple), and then display your apples in a basket or fruit bowl!


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2 thoughts

    1. Thanks so much. I totally agree – these are great to do with kids that have a short attention span. And you can break this into different steps and pair it with stories and play to make it easier for little ones! Tag us if you try the project!

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