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Now that we’ve finished up our numbers theme, we’re jumping head first into the alphabet.
And of course, there’s no better place to start than at the beginning!
When I was initially planning out our year, I wanted to make sure that our preschool time was challenging enough to keep Nicholas interested and learning but not so much of a challenge that he wound up frustrated and wanting to give up.
With that in mind, I decided to keep each letter of alphabet focused on a specific theme, one object that he could learn to associate with the letter.
So, this past week, we dove into our A is for Apple theme and started it off with a fun apple craft!
Quick warning! This one can get messy, so make sure you either cover your surface or have your child paint in an area that you won’t mind a little mess :)
Now, if your child loves painting half as much as mine does, than they are going to love this craft!
Not only do they get to paint, but adding the texture to their artwork makes it all that much more fun.
To create this delicious smelling apple, you’ll need:
-Red and Green Paint (we used regular craft paint)
-Brown Construction Paper
-Something to paint with (you could use any regular paint brush but to make this painting a little more unique, we used some silicone marinade brushes)
Pour your red paint into a cup or bowl and mix in a teaspoon or two of cinnamon. Don’t add too much! You don’t want your paint to turn into a paste.
Go ahead and give your child a brush and let them go to town painting their paper plate. Whatever room in your house that you’re painting in is going to smell AMAZING!
While their plate is drying, use the green paint along with a sheet of card stock to help your child make their hand print.
Use your brown construction paper to make a stem for your apple and once all of your paint is dry, cut out your green hand print to use as a leaf.
Using either glue or tape, have your child assemble all of the pieces of their apple.
As it dries, your cinnamon will smell much stronger and the texture that it adds makes a fantastic sensory experience as well :)
And now you’ve got yourselves a super simple craft that was not only fun to make, but smells great!
Want more fun apple crafts and activities for preschoolers? Check out our A is for Apple Pinterest board for more ideas!