While this apple craft could be simplified so that preschoolers could make it, it was designed for grade school age children. It invites them to work on a number of fine motors skills. They will work on cutting, hole punching, weaving and picking up small pieces to glue them on the plate. If you think any of these skills would be challenging for your kids you could prepare parts of this apple craft ahead of time for them.
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- Red Tissue Cut into 1 to 2-inch Squares
- Paper Plates
- Kids Scissors
- White Yarn
- Black Construction Paper Cut into Seeds
- Green Felt Cut into a Stem Shape
- Reduced Effort One-Hole Punch
- Glue Sticks
Apple Craft Creating
Getting the Paper Plate Ready
The first thing you will need to do is cut out the center of the paper plate. If you think this may be challenging for your children you can cut it out for them.
Next, a ring of punched holes will need to be created around the inside edge of the paper plate. You can encourage your children to try to have the holes evenly spaced around the plate.
Weaving the Yarn
Then they will weave white yarn up and down through the holes in a random fashion. You will want to tape or glue down one end of the yarn to hold it in place on the back of the plate. When they have finished weaving, you will need to tape or glue the weaving end of the yarn to the back of the plate.
Adding the Red Tissue Paper Squares
Now that they weaving is done, it is time to glue on the red tissue square. You may want to encourage your kids to glue the squares so they cover the outside and inside edges of the plate. Of course, they don’t have to if they don’t want to.
Adding the Final Touches
You can have stems pre-cut for your children from green felt for them or they can cut out a stem for their apple by themselves. Then they can glue it to the back of the apple craft.
Your children can cut out five tear drop seeds for their apples out of black construction paper. They will need to glue the seeds on top of the yarn in a star pattern.
Tips for Hanging Your Apple Craft
We hung our apple craft up in a window. The light streaming in from the outside really made the tissue paper glow. It also made the yarn weaving stand out.
Another way to display your apple craft is to mount it on black construction paper. We like the way it looked on black paper too.
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