Pumpkins and apples, could there be a more quintessential pairing to celebrate the vibrant spirit of fall? In this playful craft activity, we will be merging these two autumnal favorites into one fun project. It’s time to roll up those sleeves and stamp our way to a pumpkin masterpiece created with apple’s shapes!
WILL YOU MAKE THIS PUMPKIN APPLE STAMPS WITH YOUR KIDS? PIN IT FOR LATER!
- Half-cut apples (preferably ones that are a bit faded or past their prime)
- Orange, black and green paint
- Black construction paper (optional)
- Glue stick
- Paper plate
- Prepare the Apple Stamps: Start by cutting the apples in half to create a flat, stamp-able surface. It’s a great way to use those apples that are just past their munching prime.
- Pumpkin Faces: Before getting hands-on with the paint, cut out different facial expressions from the black construction paper. Think fun, spooky, surprised, or joyful faces; the sky is the limit! Alternatively you can also paint the faces using black paint.
- Dip and Stamp: Pour out some vibrant orange paint onto a paper plate. Now take an apple half, dip the flat side into the paint ensuring it’s nicely coated but not dripping, and stamp it onto a sheet of paper to create a round, pumpkin shape. Repeat this with as many pumpkins as you desire.
- Bring Them to Life: Once the orange pumpkin shapes are dry, it’s time to bring them to life! use the green paint to paint a stem. Apply glue onto the back of the black paper faces and then stick them onto the orange circles to create pumpkin faces with a range of expressions!
- Detailing: Encourage kids to use their creativity to add further details. They could paint on stems, or perhaps add leaves using green paint.
- Dry and Display: Allow your newly created pumpkin family to dry completely before finding the perfect spot to showcase the art. Imagine the smiles and the fun conversations these pumpkins will spark when seen by family and friends!
Tips for a Joyful Crafting Session
- Mix and Match: Let the kids play around with different shapes and sizes of apples to create a varied pumpkin patch.
- Emotion Talk: Use this activity as an opportunity to talk about different emotions as they choose faces for their pumpkins.
- Upcycle: This craft is also a brilliant way to use faded apples and give them a new purpose!
So, as the leaves turn golden and the air gets crisp, gather your little artists for an apple-stamped pumpkin crafting session. Not only does it promise a canvas full of vibrant pumpkins bringing in the seasonal joy, but it also offers a craft filled with learning, creativity, and most importantly, heaps of fun! Let the orange takeover, and may your home be filled with the joyous spirit of homemade pumpkin crafts!
This activity is good for toddlers aged children 3 years old and up with adult assistance.
The mess level for this activity is medium.
Difficulty to Create
Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.
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Pumpkin Apple Stamps
- Half-cut apples
- Orange paint
- Black construction paper
- Paint brush
- Start by cutting the apples in half to create a flat, stamp-able surface.
- Before getting hands-on with the paint, cut out different facial expressions from the black construction paper.
- Pour out some vibrant orange paint onto a paper plate. Now take an apple half, dip the flat side into the paint ensuring it’s nicely coated but not dripping, and stamp it onto a sheet of paper to create a round, pumpkin shape. Repeat this with as many pumpkins as you desire.
- Once the orange pumpkin shapes are dry, it’s time to bring them to life! Apply glue onto the back of the black paper faces and then stick them onto the orange circles to create pumpkin faces with a range of expressions!
- Encourage kids to use their creativity to add further details. They could paint on stems, or perhaps add leaves using green paint.
- Allow your newly created pumpkin family to dry completely before finding the perfect spot to showcase the art.