A is for Apple (Print-Making)

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Materials

  • felt
  • scissors
  • thick cardboard
  • glue
  • tempera paint
  • Styrofoam trays or paper plates
  • paintbrushes
  • colored construction paper

The Creative Process

  • Cut the felt into apple shapes, such as whole apple slices (length-wise and width-wise) and apple wedges.
  • Glue each apple shape onto a piece of thick cardboard. Allow the glue to dry.
  • Pour a small amount of paint into trays or onto plates.
  • Encourage the children to dip the felt apple shapes into the paint, or paint them with a paintbrush.
  • The children press the apple shapes onto the construction paper.
  • Encourage the children to print the apple several times before reapplying paint. The prints with less paint sometimes create a unique effect.
  • The children can make apple prints in a variety of colors on the same piece of paper for a rainbow effect.

Hint

Glue the felt apple shapes onto a block of wood to create an apple stamp.

Variation

  • Cut out a large letter "A" for each child using colored construction paper. Make sure that each letter "A" is the same size as the construction paper. Encourage the childrento print the apple stamps onto the letter "A" using the above technique.
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