Red apples have always been a stalwart of Christmas decorations. Throughout the ages , they have adorned Christmas garlands, wreaths and trees. Making red apple Christmas ornaments with preschoolers not only allows for celebration of the Christmas holiday, but can also be used to help teach the concepts of the color red and healthy food.
Here are some simple and festive red apple crafts that your preschoolers can make for the holiday season.
Christmas Red Apple Crafts for Preschoolers: Poster Board Ornament
This is one of the simplest Christmas ornaments that a preschooler can make, but also one of the funnest to create. All you need is a white poster board cutout of an apple, red tempera paint and paintbrushes, a hole puncher and strong red thread or jute. Have your preschoolers paint both sides of the apple cutout with bright red paint. If you like, have them use black or brown marker on the stem after the paint has dried. Punch a hole in the stem of each apple and have your students lace a piece of red thread or jute through the hole. Tie the thread.
Christmas Red Apple Crafts for Preschoolers: Red Apple Garland
Supply each of your preschoolers with a large sheet of white construction paper, a half apple (cut so as to make a star in the center) and red paint. Have them dip the apples in paint and then press them onto the paper, making as many red apple prints as they desire. When dry, cut out the apple prints. Using a hole punch and string, have your students lace the string through the apples. Help your students tie the string in between each apple. Adjust this craft to the abilities of your preschoolers. For example, older students will be able to cut out the paper apples themselves.
Christmas Red Apple Crafts for Preschoolers: Paper Mache Apples
Buy inexpensive paper mache apples from your local dollar store or craft store. Give one to each of your preschool students along with a large piece of red wrapping paper. Instruct your preschool students to tear the red wrapping paper into small shreds and then glue (with a mixture of glue and water or Mod Podge) onto the paper mache apple. Once complete, coat the entire apple with the glue/water mixture or Mod Podge.
I hope that you and your preschoolers enjoy these red apple Christmas crafts and that they are treasured for years to come. Merry Christmas!
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