This post is written by Dana Sue Hinkle, co-owner and founder of Creative QT and mom to five kiddos! Learn more about the Hinkle family and the heart behind Creative QT here.
Ok, so maybe we got a little carried away with our apple picking! The kids love this Fall tradition, so we are always swimming in apples during November. As the month's end nears, we realize that there are still apples to be used. Fear not, I have the perfect process art activity for you... apple printing!
- apples, cut in half
- A4 white paper or card
- Fall colored paints, we used red, yellow and orange acrylic paint
- brown markers, crayons or coloring pencils for drawing the tree trunk and branches
- paper plates to hold the paint
Printing with Apples:
Before we got the paints out we each drew a tree trunk and branches using our crayons. As I was doing this activity with kids of different ages, we broke it down and helped out our youngest artist. We looked out the window at some of our apple trees, and talked about the shape of the tree and its branches. Then my older kids helped their baby brother to draw his tree after they'd drawn their own.
Once the trees were drawn, it was time to cut the apples and get printing. This is such a simple activity for children of all ages. My youngest just enjoyed the concept of painting with an apple instead of a brush. It was messy and smudged everywhere, but he had a blast! My older kids loved choosing how many apples to put on their tree, and where they would go. We even talked about color mixing to try and match the color of the apples we were printing with. As you can see, this activity was a real hit with my kids!
Process art is a great way to support kids in the development of their creativity. The activity is about the process, not about creating a masterpiece. I loved that all my kiddos could take part in some way!
Creative QT designs quality + innovative toys that declutter homes and inspire creative play. Founded by parents of five, Adam and Dana Sue Hinkle, Creative QT’s vision is to empower parents and encourage a culture of families that Make Time Together. All products are designed to enrich families’ lives through active, creative play and play based learning. Creative QT products are laboratory tested for compliance with CPSC requirements and are free of lead, cadmium and phthalates so you can play with confidence. So, go ahead … today is the day: be your kid’s hero.
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