Hello September! Although the weather would argue differently (um, 90+ degrees today thank you). Fall is essentially here as far as we are concerned. The kiddie pools are put away, and the fall decorations are calling to me from down in the basement. Although I do fiercely refuse to put them out until the weather cooperates just a little bit more.
We did dig out a few fall themed books for our bookshelves though and of course it wouldn’t be like fall without books about apples. So inadvertently apples have kind been a theme around here for the week. I thought an apple craft was in order the other day so I went scrounging around through our craft closet and sure enough I found a few odds and ends that I could put together and call a project for the kiddos.
Bead Apple Trees
(Seriously, this couldn’t be easier. You may even already have all the supplies yourself).
- white glue
- green and brown construction paper
- white paper
- red beads (thank you to craftprojectideas.com for providing us with the beads)
I’m telling ya. This season of life we are in right now is busy, and I don’t often have as much time as I would like to devote to projects for the little guys. That said, I believe it’s still important to do something, however unplanned or planned it may be. So really don’t worry if you are like me and free handing apple trees while the kids clamor around the table. It works, they have fun, you have cute fall art work to hang up around the house. Everybody wins!
To make these trees all you have to do is free hand cut some tree trunks from the brown construction paper and some tree tops from the green. Then have (or help) the kiddos glue them onto the white paper. That part takes literally two minutes. Or, now that I’m thinking about it, just scrap the white paper all together. (see I saved you a step). This tree would look adorable as just that… a tree. Better yet do a few trees and create an apple orchard on your wall. What a fun idea! I think I’ll have the kids make more apple trees tomorrow.
We didn’t even wait for our trees to dry. I gave the little guys the beads and the glue and let them have at it. I love how differently they worked. Mr. C (age 4) was completely independent and loved squeezing the glue and placing beads all around his tree. I especially love how he has apples even falling off the tree. So creative that one. I love his imagination these days.
Little E (2.5yrs old) was a bit more reserved. I had to put the glue on the paper for him and he dropped his beads on. He was not into getting his hands in the glue at all but he still had a great time and you could tell he was proud of his end result.
Mr. C also wanted to write his name on his work thus the marker marks you see on his tree 🙂 Make sure to hang up their art, even if just for a little while. I think my boys were most excited to see their artwork up on the wall.