10 Apple Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers


We are getting ready for Fall, and that means plenty of crafts, recipes, and activities with one of my favorite fruits — Apples!! Every Fall our family looks forward to picking our own apples from the orchard. Once we return back home, we bake, cook, or craft with them! Whether you pick your own apples or buy them from your local farmers market, here are some of our favorite apple crafts and activities for preschoolers:

10 Apple Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers

10 Apple Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers

1. Apple Stamping

Cut apples in half, and stamp with large washable red and green ink pads like these ones from Melissa & Doug onto long sheets of freezer paper or brown paper bags to make festive wrapping paper or book covers for back to school.

10 Apple Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers

2. Apple Taste Test

Not sure which variety of apples is your family’s favorite? Conduct a simple apple taste test, and chart your results together!

3. Bake Apple Pie

Nothing beats a homemade apple pie. Invite the little ones to help measure, stir, and roll out the dough!

4. Collect Seeds from Apples and Germinate Them

Plant seeds in a small garden pot with potting soil, and add water. Place the pot in a clear plastic bag, and seal the top of the bag with a rubber band. Place the covered pot on a sunny windowsill. In 1-2 weeks, the apple seeds will start to sprout!

5. Make Shrunken Heads

Peel apples and use a dull pencil to make facial features. Insert cloves for eyes, and rice for teeth. As the apple dries and shrinks, it forms a creepy cool shrunken head!

6. Make Apple Sauce

Little ones can help wash the apples. Once they are peeled and cut into large pieces, preschoolers can practice (with careful adult supervision) cutting them into smaller pieces using a plastic knife on a cutting board. Great for developing important fine-motor skills!

7. Experiment with Lemon Juice

Conduct a simple experiment to see how acid can help keep apples fresh. There is a great explanation of the process here.

10 Apple Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers

8. Pick Your Own Apples (Indoor Version)

No apple orchard nearby? Want to pick your own apples, but the weather just isn’t cooperating? Here’s an easy indoor version of apple picking to try!

9. Still Life Drawings

Set out a bowl of apples on a well-lit table, and draw still life style drawings together. Colored pencils work very well for this! Introduce them to the concepts of light direction and shading.

10. Make Apple Smile Snacks

Cut up slices of apples, spread peanut butter on one side. Sandwich marshmallows in-between to make apple smile snacks. Here’s a great tutorial video from my friends at Highlights for Children explaining how to do this:

Have fun!!

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  2. I like apples too and as for me, the best thing that can be done with apples is to make an apple pie. Of course I know that it contains a lot of calories but still, it is so tasty!

  3. Pat Keltner says:

    As a school librarian, I loved visiting my local grocery store and buying one of each variety of apple they offered. I took them to school and put them on display along with books about apples. One year I had 19 apples! The kids were amazed at how many different kinds there were, and where they were from (insert a geography lesson here!). I cut an apple across the middle instead of from stem to bloom to show them the star in the middle. I never did it, but I bet it would make a nice pattern for apple stamping.

    • What a lovely idea, and such a great hands-on experience for the kids. Can’t wait to try stamping w/ the apples cut across the middle — I bet it would be very pretty. Thanks for sharing, Pat! :-)

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