From Apple Picking to Apple Painting

The official first day of Fall this year is September 23, but once the heat of August fades and the air gets crisper, Fall is in the air and on our minds. We start thinking of cool Fall nights, apple pies, and changing leaves. September is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your child and go apple picking. Apples aren’t just for eating though; they can be used for crafts too.

Using apples you have picked (or purchased at the store), your young child can create an apple painting while enjoying a fun, Fall-inspired sensory experience.

Fall Craft Picture 1
What you need:

  • Apples
  • Washable paint & paper plate
  • Sharp knife (for adults only)
  • Popsicle sticks for “handles” (optional)
Fall Craft Picture 2
What you do:

1. Have an adult cut the apples in half – vertically, horizontally, or both.
    a. Cutting the apples in half horizontally will create a “star” pattern with the seeds

2. Optional: Put large popsicle sticks in curved sides of apples for “handles.”

3. Dip apple halves in paint.

Dip apple halves in paint.
4. Press apple half firmly on paper – painted side facing down.

Press apple half firmly on paper – painted side facing down.
5. Lift up apple to reveal stamped pattern.

While waiting for your masterpiece to dry, enjoy some of these Fall-themed books together:

Mouse's First Fall by Lauren Thompson
Mouse's First Fall by Lauren Thompson

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone
Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone

-Miss Liz, Hightstown Branch


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