A is for painting apple trees in preschool

A is for painting apple trees in preschool

I just love apples and the beginning of a new school year gives me every excuse I can to have fun making and learning about apples.

To make these fun little apple trees, gather up some red, yellow, green paint, and some brown construction paper. I used a tissue roll but you can also use a paper cup to make the circles.

Start by having the children tear the construction paper into long and short, thin strips for the tree and branches.

Invite the children to glue the tree trunks down first, then glue branches all over the trees.

Once all the trunks and branches are glued down. It is time to add some apples!

You can use a tissue paper roll, paper towel roll, or paper cup to dip in paint and make the apple circles.

Then dip your chosen item in the paint and make prints all over the branches.

This would be a great way to make a fall tree as well. Just change to leaf shaped sponges or even square sponges would do!

What I like

  • Letting the children tear their own paper to make the branches is a great way to work on building fine motor control.
  • Giving plenty of time to make all the apple prints they desire! The apple printing is what makes this super fun!

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  • Kristi Posted August 23, 2010 10:44 am

    Love this!

  • Ms.Jessi Posted August 23, 2010 3:28 pm

    So cute! I really love projects that don’t require a whole lot of prep, too. 🙂 This is our apple week….maybe I’ll be able to slip this project in somewhere.

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted August 23, 2010 6:56 pm

    I can’t wait to see some of your apple ideas!!

  • Teacher Tom Posted August 23, 2010 8:15 pm

    I’m with Jessi, it’s good to have a collection of low-prep time projects in the hopper. And what I really like is that I always have extra brown construction paper around because the kids rarely choose it on their own! =)

  • Krystal Posted August 23, 2010 8:44 pm

    I love this idea. I’ve had the kids paint with these rolls a ton of times, but never thought of this. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Cara Posted August 23, 2010 11:08 pm

    These would go PERFECTLY with the apple play dough I just made! I love everything about this class…the technique of applying the paint to the paper, the ripping of the paper to form the trees. What a great project! I’m bookmarking this one for future use with my son (or maybe even our art playgroup!)

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted August 24, 2010 1:12 am

    Your apple playdough looked awesome!

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted August 24, 2010 1:12 am

    Good point – brown isn’t a very popular color:)

  • Scott Posted August 24, 2010 9:54 am

    Love this idea. I have a bag of “circles” for painting – we often just paint with different circles. This would be a great use for all of those. Thanks!

  • Clemencia Posted August 24, 2010 1:14 pm

    I love it! thanks so much for the idea 🙂

  • Natasha @ Maw Books Posted August 26, 2010 7:15 pm

    I’ve just discovered your blog this past week and wanted to say thank you! We already did this craft today with my two little boys and it was a hit. They loved to dip the roll in the paint.

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted August 26, 2010 10:35 pm

    It is so nice to have you join me:)

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