Fall is one of our favorite time of the year, because I personally feel that as a family we spend more time together than any other season. Plus, we visit with family and friends to do activities together.
One of the first lessons that we usually do as Fall starts approaching is an apple unit. I also love when my girls make handprint crafts, because it makes it so personal and it’s apart of them. We made these adorable Handprint Apple Trees that I absolutely love! I guided the girls in created their craft, but i really let them be creative.
- White construction paper or craft paper
- Brown, green, red, and blue tempera paint
- Sponges cut into circles
- Paint brush (2)
- Tiny fingers
The one thing that I really helped with was making their handprint on their craft paper. Using a paint brush I covered the palm of their hands and a little bit up their forearm to create the tree trunk and branches.
Then I cut out a few circles with regular kitchen sponges, which they used to create the leaves on their trees. I think this was great practice for my 2 year old using her fine motor skills because of the way she had to hold the small piece of sponge. I showed them pictures of big apple trees and let them create their own by looking at the pictures.
My 5 year old, also decided to use her sponge piece to create grass underneath her tree. I’m so glad she did because honestly I had not even thought of that and it definitely gave it a more complete and creative look.
She also decided that her Apple Tree needed a blue sky. Using a brush she added a blue sky above her tree and again I’m so glad she did! I think it’s amazing when we allow our children to let their imagination go and see where their creativity takes them.
They then used their fingers in red metallic paint to make their apples on the trees. Using the metallic red color was their idea and I absolutely loved the way they pop out from over the bright green color.
My 2 year old copied everything her big sister did, adding a sky and grass to her apple tree as well! I think the crafts turned out so cute and it’s one of those projects I will keep and treasure, because it truly shows their own creativity!
Have you started creating Fall Crafts?