Your Child Will Learn:
• Color and shapes
• Eye-hand coordination
• Fine motor skills
• Apple (for reference)
• Several sheets of newspaper or aluminum foil
• Masking tape
• Flour and water
• Red, green, and yellow paint (optional)
• Green felt
Autumn is a time for harvesting and collecting food for the winter. Explain to your child what harvesting is, and that animals such as squirrels do it, too. For example, we collect apples, and they collect nuts. In America, the apple can be traced back as early as 1630, according to records of the Massachusetts Bay Company. The early settlers brought the seeds with them from Europe. Apple trees became widespread due to the work of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, and today we can find apples growing in every corner of the country.
STEP BY STEP
1. Roll the newspaper up into balls the size of an apple. (Alternatively; you can ball up some alurninum foil.)
2. Tape the newspaper together. Fashion a dent at the top for the stem and a small, flat area on the bottom so the apple will look more realistic.
3. Mix flour and water together to form a paste.
4. Dip strips of newspaper or paper toweling into the mixture, and make sure to wipe the excess between your fingers. Lay the paper over the ball until it is totally covered. While the apple is still wet, insert a real twig for the stem.
5. Let it dry overnight, add felt leaves, and then paint. Show your child how apples can be solid colors as well as combinations such as yellow-green and yellow-red.
MORE MOMMY AND ME FUN
Apple Printing: Cut an apple in half lengthwise. You should be able to see the "star" that the core forms in the apple. Put some red or green tempera paint in a shallow container (a pie tin works well) and show your child how to dip the apple in the paint and press onto a piece of paper, creating an apple print. Finish up by having your child dip his thumb into green paint and press onto the top of the apple for leaves.
Dried Apple Face: Peel apples with a vegetable peeler (adults only; please), but leave the skin on the bottom. Using a plastic knife, carve a face into the apple. First hollow out deep-set eyes, then make a triangle nose, and finish by making a slit for the mouth. Put apple faces in a warm place to dry for at least two weeks. Make periodic observations of changes as the apple dries and shrinks.