Small children love to make things that can be used around the house. It gives them a sense of accomplishment to see something they’ve created on display and in use. For this fall craft, you’ll just need a few simple items – and your kids will be on their way to making fun placemats for the whole family!
You Will Need:
- Apples in various shapes and sizes
- Popsicle sticks
- Washable kids’ paint (any color you’d like – red, yellow, and green are popular choices)
- Heavy construction paper in light color (white, yellow, pink)
- Clear contact paper
- Paper plates (for paint)
- You will want to cut the apples in half. Cutting across the width will provide a round shape with a fun star in the middle while cutting lengthwise will give you the typical apple shape.
- Place a popsicle stick into the apple so that you create a “stamp”. This may make it easier for small children to use the apple halves as stamps. You don’t have to do this step if you don’t mind a little bit of a mess.
- Next, squeeze the paint colors you’ll be using in this project onto paper plates. You’ll only want one color per plate.
- Now comes the fun part! Dip the apple stamp into the desired paint color. Using the apple stamps, let kids create their own work of art on their construction paper. Once complete, allow to dry fully.
- Once the masterpieces are entirely dry, laminate them with contact paper by cutting two sheets per project that are slightly larger than the paper used for the craft. This is probably something an adult will want to do, as it can be unruly! Remember, work slowly, as going too fast can result in rips or wrinkles! Or, if you have access to a laminator, you can use that instead.
- Place them on the table and enjoy!
And don’t forget – you can find all sorts of fun kids’ items at the Speculator Dept. Store. From toys and games to books and children’s crafts, you’ll be surprised at all the great things we have in store for you. Stop by today!