INSIDE: Apple sponge stamping is a great alternative to apple stamping with real apples this fall! Instead of using the real apples to make apple crafts, eat the apples and use a sponge!
Alternative to Apple Stamping with Real Apples
I love the idea of apple stamping with real apples. It seems like such a fun activity. I will admit that I have not tried this one with my kids because I have a hard time destroying an apple for painting. Especially at this time of year when they are do yummy, ripe and delicious! Now I am not opposed to using food in activities, but there is something about using apples that I just can’t get over!
We recently when apple picking and the idea of using one of the juicy delicious apples that my kids, husband and I picked and lugged back home, in a painting activity just doesn’t square with me. But I really liked the idea of making prints that looked like apples. Hence sponge apple printing was born!
I definitely don’t mind sacrificing a few sponges for a good activity and this one did not disappoint!
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How to Set Up Apple Sponge Stamping
Grab a few kitchen sponges. For this activity you won’t want to use sponges that are too thick. The width of a normal kitchen sponge is perfect.
Draw the shape of an apple on one side of the sponge using a marker. To draw an apple. To make an apples shape, I start out by drawing a heart and then make the bottom flat instead of pointy. In this case you will also want to cut a small dip at the bottom. See the pictures below.
Use a pair of scissors to cut the sponge into the shape of an apple. I cut three sponges into apple shapes.
Grab a paper plate and pour out some red, yellow and green washable kids paint. Take one of the sponges and dip it into the paint. Take a sheet of white paper and stamp the sponge on the paper to create an apple.
Another way of Apple Printing
Take a paint brush and paint the outside edge of the apple sponge with one colour and then leave the middle without paint. Stamp with that to create an apple with a white middle. Another way to stamp is to paint the outter edge again with one colour and then paint the inside of the apple with another colour.
Finish your Apple Stamp
Grab your brown and green construction paper and cut out small stems and leaves. Attached them to the top of the apples using glue. Pour out a small amount of black paint and finish off by taking a small paint brush and making four black apple seeds in the center of the apple
This activity is good for kids 2.5 years and up. My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7 year old.
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- Washable kids paint
- white paper
- brown and green construction paper
- craft glue
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