Here’s something that we enjoyed creating on a cold and rainy day. There wasn’t anything particularly special about this activity; to be honest they may not even make it to the fridge display. It was as simple as providing the materials and watching my girls explore and create happily. Create they did, some simple yet wonderful Apple Print Paintings.
Why apples? mostly because they were looking quite sad and ready for the compost heap. My “I’ll bake something with these” days had all passed by and they were looking rather sorry. Perfect way to give them one last purpose before rinsing them off and popping in the compost. You might have potatoes that could occasionally receive the same fate?
The apples were a great size for Miss 1’s little hands to manipulate and Miss Daisy (3) was interested to see the way the apple appeared differently on the inside depending on where it was cut. Both have enjoyed stamping and printing before so they were able to explore this activity freely with minimal assistance.
What you will need for apple print painting
– a selection of paints (we used paper plates to contain our paint and act as a large stamp pad)
– brushes (optional)
– paper or fabric
– apples cut in half (we cut both across the core and down the centre of the apple to create different stamps)
It was interesting to see the way the girls both preferred to use the brush to begin with. Although once the notion of mixing colours and double dipping was explored there was no going back! Note the in built handle by cutting the top of the halved apple – this was perfect for little hands.
And finally after the girls had explored on multiple sheets of paper I grabbed some linen off cuts for Miss Daisy to print. She was very interested in using a different surface for printing on and proudly proclaimed that we’d sew something with these once they were dry – this girl’s been around fabric long enough to know that if it’s fabric we will make something from it!
Sometimes it’s the simple things that can create endless fun and we certainly had a great time exploring printing with these old apples.
What’s your favourite manipulative for printing and stamping?
“My favourite part of this activity is the simplicity of just needing a few things to get started for a whole lot of fun; exploring textures, colours and fine motor skills. On a warm day it can be moved outside and the children can rinse off and incorporate some water play.” Nathalie Brown