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Paper Plate Apples

It’s that time of year…apple season! I have the PERFECT activity for teachers with busy schedules that want to fit a quick apple-themed craft into their day. Make paper plate apples!

Materials needed:
small paper plates (dessert size)
red tempra paint
paint brushes
red glitter
red and green construction paper

My students each covered the convex side (back) of a paper plate with red paint. While the paint was still wet, I had students sprinkle a few pinches of red glitter onto the plate. (When it comes to glitter, less is usually more.) I let the plates dry for several hours, then stapled a leaf and stem onto each apple and wrote the artist’s name on the leaf.

The finished apples are a great decoration by themselves – hang in a window or from a clothesline in the classroom for an easy way to show off student artwork. Each year I make a tree in the hallway out of green and brown butcher paper, then hang all of the finished apples on the tree. The finished result is such a fun hallway display. (Please excuse the photo – it’s difficult to get an attractive photo in the hallway!)

My kids had such a great time painting this fun apple project!

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)


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