As you may have seen in my previous post Pick Seasonal Fruit (Part 2- Apple Picking) -Tick! We had a few apples that weren’t suitable for eating, so I was looking for other ways to use them so they didn’t go to waste. One of my favourite craft activities with young children is apple printing because it’s so easy for them to do, and makes a really effective piece of art for display.
So, for Muddy Monday this week, we decided to set up an art table outside in the October sunshine and print with apples! While this activity doesn’t involve mud, it does involve using natural materials and mess and we did take the activity outside…so it still counts!
First I set up some art paper and a wide flat container to put a selection of colours in. It needed to be wide and flat enough for duckling to be able to print the apples into the paint (I used a cake tin lid). I also stuck some clothes pegs into the apples to make it a little easier for those little hands to grasp.
After a little modelling from me, Duckling, who is almost 19 months, grasped the concept really quickly and set to work.
It really was a beautiful Autumn day and this kept her occupied for a good half an hour, while I was able to sit, relax and enjoy the autumn beauty whilst knowing that she was happy and occupied.
At first I was a little concerned that having all the paints together in one container would mix together and create an ugly brown mess, but actually, the mix of colours was really effective.
In fact, it turned out beautiful and we now have it displayed proudly on the playroom wall.
Have yout tried apple printing with a toddler? Were you surprised at the results?
Make sure you check out our other Muddy Monday post to see more seasonal toddler activities. Why not start HERE