Fall is coming - you can feel it in the air. We have crisp nights to get a restful sleep by and warm days to rake leaves, which will soon be falling.
Don't forget, of course, the sweet smell of crisp ripe apples! We see the bags in the grocery store and have to grab one knowing everyone will want some. Then they go in our refrigerator and then what? We throw them out a month later soft and mushy, and certainly not as sweet as they once seemed.
The next few weeks I will help you use up those apples. This week let's start with apple prints. They are merely ink stamps that use real apples. We do this craft the day before we go apple-picking. The kids are excited to go to the orchard and this craft will help.
You will need the following items:
And finger paints (recipe follows)
Picture 1 - What you need
Cut your apples in half in different directions to make apple prints.
Place the apples cut side down on a paper towel and let sit for a minute or two to dry a bit. Next, stamp the apple onto a paper plate with your finger paint on it.
Picture 2 - Dip
Then stamp it on the paper. If your children are smaller, stick a fork in the apple and let them use it like a handle.
Picture 3 - Apple prints
You now have your own apple collage!
Non-Toxic Finger Paint
You will need:
1 ¼ cup flour
1 cup hot water
1 ½ cup cold water
2 TB salt
Red, green, and yellow food coloring
A whisk and a pan
Picture 4 - Materials
Mix flour in salt in a saucepan and slowly whisk in the cold water.
Picture 5, 6 - Mix
When it is smooth slowly add the hot water. Place the pan on the stove and turn onto medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens.
Picture 7 - Add food coloring