Paper Plate Apple Craft – Perfect for Toddlers and Preschoolers!

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Summer in Kentucky is drawing to a close and we’re gearing up for fall around here. We’re planning a trip to an apple orchard for the first time this year, so we’re busy learning about apples and having fun with preschool apple crafts.

To get ready for our trip, we planned a fun day of apple studies.

We read some of our favorite apple books and then got down to business.

I’ll be honest.

I struggle with crafting with my kids.

I don’t like the mess, and I have trouble keeping Maeve out of the supplies. I’m making it a point this year to put that aside, because my kids love hands on activities like arts and crafts and sensory play. The crafts we’re doing will be simple (for other craft challenged moms like me), but we’ll use the elements and materials that they love.

Paper Plate Apple Craft for Preschool and Toddlers #playfulpreschool

The key to my success in managing lots of littles is preparation. Before the kids got to the table, I had everything organized and ready to go. If I’m scrambling around to find the glue stick, Maeve will decorate herself with paint while I’m distracted.

Painting a Paper Plate Apple

supplies for paper plate apple craft #playfulpreschool

Materials Needed:

Work Trays
Paper Plates
Do A Dot Markers (red,green,yellow)
Paint (red,green,yellow)
Black construction paper
Brown construction paper (if you want stems)
Hole punch
Glue stick

You’ll see Do a Dot Markers as well as paint on the list, because I wanted to give my crew a choice of materials.


For smaller children, you’ll want to cut out the parts of the apple before getting started. My guys are pretty skilled with their scissors, so I traced the template and let them have at it. (We LOVE these Maped scissors. All the big kids have a pair, and they’ve lasted for 3 to 4 years!)

Maeve wants to be able to use scissors so badly, but she’s just not ready.

painting paper plate apple craft #playfulpreschool

Encourage your children to color (with paint, markers, crayons or colored pencils) the tops and bottom of their apple. My kids see us bring home different varieties of apples home from the grocery, so they had fun making all their apples look a little different.

For a change of pace from paintbrushes, you can use clothespins and sponges.
They serve two purposes – the clothespins serve as a ‘handle’ of sorts for the sponges, plus working the clothespin’s spring is great fine motor work!

Once they finished with the apple peel, it was time to paint the leaves.

#playfulpreschool apple paper plate craft

For the apple’s seeds, we took our hole punch and created seeds out of black construction paper. (more fine motor work!)

paper plate apple craft #playfulpreschool

After the apples dried, we attached the leaves and the stems with glue. (You could also use a stapler or glue gun if you’re impatient)

Ta da! All finished!

paper plate apple craft #playfulpreschool

After creating our apple art, it was time for snacking and storytime.

Teaching the Trinity to Children with Apples

3 in 1 a Picture of God

Before I started reading 3 in 1: A Picture of God, I brought out a snack of apple slices for the kids. Even Daniel got have some apple. (Baby led weaning for the win!)

As we snacked, I asked the kids to take a look at their apple slices(before dipping them in their toppings). Maeve even got out her latest favorite tool, her magnifying glass.


We chatted about how the skin of the apple, the flesh of the apple, and even the seeds all looked so very different and played different roles, yet they were still a part of the same fruit.

I reminded them that the apple can help us to learn about the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are three distinct entities, making up one God.

There are so many fabulous ideas out there for teaching preschoolers using an apple theme, it’s so hard to narrow it down to one or two activities. I keep collecting more and more ideas on my Apple Unit Study Ideas Pinterest board…seriously, we could do apple projects all month long! Join in the fun and follow my board:

Follow Dianna Kennedy’s board Apple Unit Study Ideas on Pinterest.

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  1. What a sweet craft with great skills practice. I also loved how you incorporated small side lessons into it as well when you were snacking. There are so many unstructured times to work with and teach your children!

  2. Love this sweet craft. Its a great activity for strengthening fine motor muscles. My preschooler saw the picture and said. “Let’s make it.”

  3. Danielle @ Mom Inspired Life says:

    I totally agree with you that preparation is key. Love this craft!

  4. Good for you for stepping outside your comfort zone! It seems like your kiddos enjoyed the craft!!! 🙂

  5. I love this. It will be a perfect addition to our apple themed window display. Thanks for the idea!

  6. Adorable! I love the idea of giving the kids the hole punch to practice fine motor skills. Great thinking! I’ll be doing that with Logan as soon as I buy a single hole punch. 🙂

  7. This is an adorable paper plate craft! Our kids are exploring APPLES over the next few weeks. Now I have new activities to add in:) Nice post!

  8. I completely love the scissors! These would look great on our wall for fall.

  9. Well thought out preparation is key! The trays sure make life easier!

  10. What a cute little project!!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Cute craft! Sharing it!

  12. This is an adorable craft for kids!
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