small paper plates (dessert size)
red tempra paint
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!