Apple stamping is a great toddler painting activity - an old fashioned favorite!
Do you remember apple stamping when you were a child? It's one of those great toddler activities that's just as good today as it was 20 years ago.
These are great activities to set up if you're running a playgroup too - it's quick to set up, needs minimal instructions and you get a nice painting for the parents to take home.
What you need for apple stamping
- Cardstock or construction paper (white works best)
- Paint - we recommend this washable paint.
- Paper Plates (these are big enough to easily use as a stamp pad). A flat tray would also work well.
- Apples - cut in half
- Popsicle sticks (these make it less messy but if it's easier just let them pick up the apples!)
- Painting mat to prevent spills
- A paint smock or old clothes
How to set up Apple Stamping
Let's be honest - apple stamping doesn't need to many instructions but it's a nice reminder that sometimes the simple activities are the best.
- Slice the apple in half with the knife. If desired, press a popsicle stick into the skinned side of the apple to create a handle.
- Place a small amount of paint in each color on a paper plate or paint tray
- Demonstrate how the apples make a print on the paper. I like to start with one color and then explore what happens when we mix the colors or stamp over the colors.
I love seeing what the final apple prints look like. There's a good chance they won't look as neat as these pictures but it's all about the process!
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