Here’s an easy one! All you have to do is get an apple, some paint and paper and you have yourself an art project! We sliced an apple in half, dipped it into paint and had the kids stamp the apple onto paper! They love paint in any capacity, so changing it up to fit our theme made it even better! With the older ones, you can identify the different parts of the apple as you cut into them, too!
Apple Letter Matching
With Xander, we are just starting to work with him on identifying letters, so I drew some little apples onto red construction paper and put the letters of his name on them. On another piece of paper, I wrote the letters of his name in order in boxes that were the same size as the apple letter pieces. I had him try to match the letters and then glued them down when it was complete! He needed a lot of guidance, but any introduction to letters is going to help in the long run!
We had a bunch of apples from a local farm, so what better thing to do than make applesauce! It was super easy and ended up tasting like apple pie filling! We had the boys help by turning our apple corer/peeler/slicer machine! They loved this thing!
Here are the ingredients:
10-12 apples, cored, peeled and sliced
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 tsp. cinnamon
We added our apples along with sugar, water and cinnamon and cooked on high for 5 hours! When it was done, I stirred the applesauce an emulsion blender until it was a smooth consistency. I put some into a container in the fridge to cool, and then the rest into a Ziploc freezer bag to save for a future date.
Contact Paper Apple with Tissue Paper
To work in a little OT and a fine-motor activity, we drew an apple onto a piece of clear contact paper. Then, Leo tore pieces of green and red tissue paper into smaller pieces and stuck them to the contact paper inside of the apple. When he was done, we stuck the contact paper to another piece and voila, we have a little decoration and some fine-motor work completed!
The next topic we went to after apples were spiders! We bought some plastic toy spiders to use for the next few activities. On a piece of paper, my mom wrote S is for Spider and then a large S. We then had the boys place the spiders along the large S. We also wrote numbers and drew spider webs onto a few small paper plates. The boys had to count out the correct amount of spiders to match the number on their plate and put the spiders onto it.
This has been a total hit with both boys! Remember Gak from when we were younger? Well, here’s a way to make your own!
½ cup clear Elmer’s glue
½ tsp baking soda
2 tbsp contact solution
(optional food coloring)
Halloween items to stick into and take out of slime! (googly eyes, plastic spiders, etc)
Mix the glue, baking soda and food coloring (if you want to add it) until fully mixed together. Add 2 tbsp of contact solution until the slime stops sticking to the bowl and can be picked up without being sticky on your hands. You can also add a little bit of olive oil to make it even less sticky.
Then, it is ready to go! Leo has asked to play with this stuff every single day! The putting in and picking out small items can also count as your fine-motor activity! I also saw this slime made with the different colored, glitter Elmer’s glue which would be SO fun!
Have some fun this week and try out an activity or two! Happy Halloween!