Looking for the perfect fall apple crafts for preschoolers or toddlers? Look no further! Fall is the perfect season for apple crafts. From apple picking adventures to cozy afternoons at home, we’ve curated a list of the best apple crafts that are both fun and educational for your little one.
Why Apple Crafts for Preschoolers Are Perfect in the Fall
Crafts using apples or apple themes are an excellent way to engage your preschooler. This is especially relevant in the fall season, which coincides with the beginning of the school year. Most daycare and preschool centers focus on apple crafts in September because it’s apple season and because apple starts with the letter ‘A.’
The crafts in this guide are carefully curated to offer both process and product activities. This means your child will gain different kinds of educational experiences, from fine motor skill development to understanding the life cycle of apples.
Recommended Books on Apples for Preschoolers
Before diving into any new activity, we love to read books to our toddlers and preschoolers. It’s a wonderful way to build background knowledge and maximize the learning potential of the activity at hand. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best apple-themed books to read before you begin your crafting adventures.
- Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
A beautifully illustrated book that brings the apple orchard right into your living room.
- Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Follow Annie as she picks, sorts, and bakes delicious apple treats.
- Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum
A picture book explaining how apples grow is ideal for curious little minds.
- Apples, Apples, Apples
An engaging book that explores different kinds of apples and their uses.
- How Do Apples Grow by Betsy Maestro
A detailed guide for kids curious about the life cycle of an apple.
- Apples by Gail Gibbons
An educational book that covers everything you need to know about apples.
- Apples and Pumpkins
A seasonal book that highlights the joys of autumn.
- Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray
An ABC book that uses apples to teach the alphabet
The Ultimate List of Apple Crafts for Preschoolers
- Conduct an apple investigation using real apples by TigerKubz
- Use popsicle sticks to learn that A is for Apple craft by Glued to My Crafts Blog
- Make your own homemade apple spiced playdough by Kitchen Floor Crafts
- Develop fine motor skills by tearing paper to create an apple by Simply Today Life
- Learn about seasons and the life cycle of an apple tree by TigerKubz
- Make caramel apples using paint and sprinkles by Raising Whasians
1. Apple Investigation by TigerKubz
Dive deep into the world of apples with an investigative craft. This hands-on activity allows preschoolers to explore the different parts of an apple in a fun and educational way. Get your free Apple Investigation printable here.
2. A is for Apple Craft by Glued to My Crafts Blog
Learn the alphabet with this delightful “A is for Apple” craft using popsicle sticks. It’s a simple yet effective way to help preschoolers recognize and remember the letter ‘A’. Check it out here.
3. Homemade Apple-Spiced Playdough by Kitchen Floor Crafts
Nothing says fall like the aroma of apple-spiced playdough. This homemade craft brings sensory play to a whole new level, filling your home with the scents of the season. Learn how to make it.
4. Fine Motor Apple Craft by Simply Today Life
This craft focuses on developing fine motor skills by encouraging kids to tear paper to create an apple. It’s both fun and beneficial for their development. Learn more.
5. Seasons and Life Cycle of an Apple Tree by TigerKubz
Teach your child about an apple tree’s seasons and life cycle with this enlightening craft. It’s a great way to introduce them to nature and science. Check it out.
6. Caramel Apples Craft by Raising Whasians
Get creative with paint and sprinkles to make caramel apples that look good enough to eat. This craft is a hit with kids and adds a colorful flair to any fall-themed activities. Learn how.
7. Apple Scented Candles
Create your own apple-scented candles using beeswax and apple fragrance.
8. Apple Seed Counting Craft
Encourage number recognition and counting skills with this apple seed counting craft. Use a paper apple cutout and black paper dots to represent seeds. Children can count and glue the “seeds” onto the apple.
9. Paper Plate Apple Core
Cut a paper plate in half and paint it red. Then, glue a strip of brown construction paper as the apple core and add black paper seeds. This craft is great for teaching about the parts of an apple.
10. Apple Tree Collage
Create a tree trunk out of brown paper and glue it to a larger sheet. Then, make apple shapes from red paper and invite your child to glue them onto the tree. This craft helps kids practice their fine motor skills.
11. Apple Stained Glass Window Decoration
Cut out an apple shape from red construction paper, leaving the inside empty. Fill it with torn pieces of red and green tissue paper. Hang it in a window for a stained-glass effect.
12. Apple Bookmark
Create a simple bookmark by cutting apple shapes from red cardstock. Decorate them with stickers, glitter, or drawings, then laminate them for durability. Add a ribbon at the top.
13. Paper Mosaic Apple
Cut red, green, and brown paper into small squares. Provide your child with an apple outline on a piece of paper. They can fill in the outline with the colored squares to create a mosaic apple.
14. Apple Garland
Cut apple shapes out of red and green paper. Use a hole punch to make holes near the top, then thread a string through to create a cheerful apple garland.
15. Torn Paper Apple
Tear the paper into small pieces using red, green, and brown paper. Draw an apple shape on a separate piece of paper and fill it in by gluing the torn pieces inside the shape.
16. Apple Scented Candles
Create your own apple-scented candles using beeswax and apple fragrance. This activity results in a lovely craft and fills your home with a delightful fall aroma.
17. Apple Seed Art
Collect apple seeds to create a unique piece of art. Arrange the seeds on a piece of paper in a design or pattern and glue them down. It’s a wonderful way to recycle and create art simultaneously.
18. Apple Core Bird Feeder
Teach your kids about recycling by turning an apple core into a bird feeder. String up the core and hang it outside to feed the local birds. It’s an eco-friendly craft that brings wildlife right to your yard.
19. Apple Print Wrapping Paper
Use apple halves dipped in paint to create your own wrapping paper. Simply dip the cut side of an apple into paint and stamp it onto a roll of paper. This craft is fun and gives you custom wrapping paper for gifts.
20. Apple Sailboat Race
Turn apple slices into mini sailboats and have a race! Attach a toothpick sail to each apple slice and let them float in a tub of water. Kids will have a blast racing their apple sailboats, making this a perfect outdoor activity for a sunny fall day.
Fall is the perfect season for apple-themed fun and learning. Whether you’re looking for educational, sensory, or just fun crafts, we’ve got something for every preschooler to enjoy. Happy crafting!
Sheryll is the proud mom to 3 boys (3, 7, and 14-years-old) and wife to her better half. She is the founder and CEO of TigerKubz and is on a mission to empower parents with tools to easily engage their little learners. When Sheryll is not thinking of creative ways to make learning experiences of everyday life, changing diapers, or chasing after her kids, you may find her in the kitchen trying out new recipes, attempting to fish on a nice day, or jamming out to Disney singalongs with Alexa.