Apples and school just go together. Whether it’s learning that A is for apple, completing a back to school craft, or enjoying the signs of fall, this torn paper plate apple craft is an adorable craft that is practical for the classroom but is cute enough to please any parent. The paper pieces make this craft a fine motor activity as well as just a fun thing to do!
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Getting the Paper Plate Apple Craft Ready
There isn’t much prep that you have to do in advance for this craft, which is part of what makes it so great. You will need:
- Red construction paper
- Brown construction paper
- Green construction paper
- Brown marker or pencil
- Paper plates
In advance, cut one leaf and one stem for each child. Each child will also need a paper plate and about one sheet’s worth of shredded red paper, but you may have the kids do that as a fine motor activity.
Doing the Paper Plate Apple Craft
If you want the kids to tear their own paper stripes, show them how they can tear the paper into strips and then tear the strips into little paper squares. If you don’t want this craft to take very long, it’s recommended that you tear the paper in advance.
Draw three seeds in the center of the paper plate using the brown marker. Glue the stem and leaf to one side of the paper plate.
Show the kids how to glue little paper strips to the outside edge of the paper plate, leaving the center white, just like a cut apple.
You can either have the kids dot a little dab of glue onto each paper strip individually, or you can have them use a glue stick to cover a large portion of the paper plate’s edge and glue the red paper pieces to that. Younger kids should probably use the glue sticks, while a bit older kids can handle the drippy glue.
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