With the start of a new year, I thought it would be perfect to get on a new schedule with my kids. This schedule is a bit different than last year because we are not doing so many activities outside of the home. Last year was nuts. I was running around like a crazy person because we always had somewhere to be. This year I can’t and I won’t do that to myself or the kids.
While this means we get to spend more time at home, it also means that we have the possibility of getting bored. Especially, since winter is in full effect.The kids don’t get the chance to go outside and play. So, this means more crafts and finding fun activities to do inside.
I have two goals for my kids: that they learn and have fun on a daily basis. Hailey has been asking me to do some homework and is super eager to learn. I’d be silly not to take advantage of that. I decided to dedicate every week to a different letter of the alphabet. This is perfect for them to learn and easier for me to figure out our crafts.
You guessed it! We are starting off with the letter “A”. And everyone knows that “A” is for Apple. This week we decided to do a 3D Paper Apple. This craft is perfect for preschool activities or for an afternoon of fun. You ready?
Let’s get started!
Materials you’ll need:
- Begin by grabbing any colored paper that you want for the background and place it down on a flat surface.
- Cut a red piece of construction paper in half. Fold both pieces in half and draw half of an apple on one side. Place both folded pieces together and begin cutting along the lines that you drew.
- Glue one side of each cutout onto the piece of construction paper. You will have two sides that will not be glued down.
- Take a piece of brown construction paper and cut out a small rectangle for the branch. Glue it so that the branch is on top of the apple.
- Cut out a small, green leaf and glue it next to the branch.
- Next, you will need a white piece of construction paper. Fold it in half and cut out a small circle, leaving the middle attached.
- Glue the white construction paper in the middle of the apple. With a black marker, draw and color the seeds in.
- Finally, cut around the apple and glue it onto another piece of construction paper for the finished look!
At the very end, I stenciled in the word “Apple” so that Hailey could then trace it. You can also stencil in their name or just leave it as is. Either way, this craft is an easy way to keep the kids busy but still learning the alphabet. If the child is old enough, feel free to let them cut out the different parts to the apple so that they get to practice their fine motor skills and become more involved!