Thursday, September 27, 2012
Build An Apple Tree (Preschool & Toddler Craft)
It's Fall! Johnny Appleseed's birthday is this week (September 26th), and October (National Apple Month) is just around the corner! It's the perfect time to make an apple tree!
* glue (I like to squeeze some on a piece of paper and let the children dip their paper into it.)
* paint aprons or bibs
1- Prepare the construction paper: cut tree trunks and cut the green paper into thirds so children have the appropriate amount of paper for the leaves.
2- Prepare the paint. I put red, yellow, pink, and orange dollops in a tin. Hand out aprons! Make sure your child can reach all the supplies.
3- Show how to place the trunk on a background page, tear the leaves, dip them in glue, and place them where the child wants. Also, show how to make fingerprint apples and invite the children to use any color they like or to mix the colors with their fingers. At this point, my older children (three years old and up) were able to complete the project on their own. I love that the three-year old decided to crumple his leaves before gluing and the five-year old added some extra steps, more backgrounds (a sun and ground layer), and a fence!
4- Optional steps for toddlers: Tear the paper leaves for toddlers. Younger children should have fewer leaves. Smear glue in the leaf area of the tree, and let the your toddler press the leaves into it. Talk with them as you work with them--one of my 2-year olds told me to put some glue at the bottom of the page so he could put leaves down there too! Let your toddler paint those apples on however he or she wants!
I may share at any of these parties!