It’s just about time for the apple trees to bear their beautiful fruit and help us welcome the fall season! This constant makes for great lesson planning for preschool and early elementary classrooms, and parents and teachers are always looking for new fall apple crafts and projects for their children. This moveable paper plate apple craft is sure to be a hit, because it puts a spin on the old paper plate apple craft! The moveable parts let children get a peek at what’s inside an apple!
This project works wonderfully as a preschool apple craft or as an apple craft for toddlers. They have so much fun opening and closing the apple!
Supplies Needed for this Fall Apple Craft
As with all projects on Paper Plate Fun, these supplies are the ones we used for the project as shown in this post. We encourage you to modify the supplies to fit your needs or what you have on hand!
- Two dessert size paper plates
- Red paint
- Paint stamper or dauber
- Black marker
- Popsicle stick
- Green pipe cleaner
How to Make a Paper Plate Apple Craft
Since this project uses paint, we suggest covering your work surface prior to getting started!
Begin by flipping one paper plate over and stamping the entire plate with red paint. Then, with it right side up, stamp red paint along the outer edge of the other paper plate.
Set the paper plates aside to dry.
Once the paint has dried, cut the fully-painted paper plate in half.
Use the black marker to draw seeds on the unpainted portion of the other paper plate.
Wrap a green pipe cleaner around a popsicle stick to form the apple’s stem and leaf. Glue the popsicle stick to the back of the paper plate that has the seeds drawn on it.
Now for the fun part: getting this apple craft ready to move! Gently poke a brad through both sides of the bottom lip of the paper plate that was cut in half. Then, align the bottom of each side of that paper plate with the bottom of the full paper plate, and press the brads through that paper plate, too. Press the brad’s legs outward to fasten the apple pieces together.
With that, this paper plate apple craft is complete!
For added fun, craft a little worm out of construction paper and glue it to the inside of the plate, too. We didn’t do that in fear that it might cause the kids not to eat their fruit anymore! 🙂
Making an apple craft that lets kids see the inside and the outside of the apple enhances the learning opportunities, as it opens a pathway for discussion about the parts of an apple, the life cycle of an apple and apple tree, and more!
Let us know in the comments if your kids or students enjoy this project!
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