The early apples were available at the Farmer’s market, and to me- that’s a sure sign that Fall is just around the corner. I love this time of the year for the leaf changing, apples, and all things pumpkin. To celebrate the return of fresh, local apples, Squeaker and I did a simple toilet paper roll apple stamping art project. I am one of those moms who saves toilet paper rolls, because well, you never know when you’ll be able to use them for crafts and art projects. Next we’ll make an apple tree and we’ll probably do a few more toilet paper roll crafts and art projects in the near future.
This was also a fun and sneaky way to get Squeaker to use her fine motor skills.
- Green construction paper
- red paint (or whatever color you’d like for your apples)
- brown crayon or marker
- toilet paper tube
- paper plate to hold the paint
And here’s how I set it up:
This really was a low prep activity but it did keep her quite occupied and interested. She ended up making a few apple pictures though we ended up saving the fourth attempt. That was the point where I got her to space out the stamps a little bit.
To create your “apples” all you do is dip one end of the toilet paper tube into the paint and then stamp it onto the construction paper. So it really was a simple art project and relatively mess free. Which, if you’ve been here before, you know that I’m all about mess free! But, I’ve also come to terms with the fact that art and crafts can be messy.
And messy can also be fun and educational. As long as she’s enjoying what we’re doing, I think that’s ultimately what matters.
After letting the paint dry for a bit, I drew the stems on with a brown crayon. Obviously with older children, you can have them draw the stems. We then counted our apples so this easy art project also incorporated some learning.
What fun apple crafts have you done with your child?