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Apples are one of my favorite fruits, and there are so many varieties and colors to choose from. There are lots of fun apple themed crafts like drawing, coloring, cutting and gluing apple shapes. It's also a lot of fun cooking with apples too!
In addition to the step-by-step apple themed craft, there's also a list of more fun activities you can do with apples at the end of this article. Enjoy!
Apple Tree Craft Supplies
You will need:
- Froot Loops, or generic fruit loops cereal (at least 25-30 pieces for sorting, and 15-20 to use per tree)
- Glue (Tacky glue is best and dries quickly; school glue can also be used but will take longer to dry)
- 1 piece of white, green or yellow construction paper
- 1 empty toilet paper roll (or more if you want to make more trees)
- Scissors are also needed to cut slits in the toilet paper roll
Step 1. Sort the cereal.
Begin by having children sort the colors of the cereal. Let them pick the colors they want on their tree. Explain to children that there are many different types of apples, as well as different color apples. Common apple varieties include:
Juicy, slightly tart
Soft bite, mellow sweetness
Step 2. Cut the tree.
Fold the piece of construction paper in half (you can make 2 trees using one sheet). Draw and cut a tree. You can use the template below.
Step 3. Glue the cereal to the tree.
Add dots of glue to the tree. I have experimented with both tacky glue (Aleene's Original Tacky Glue) as well as Elmer's School Glue. I recommend using tacky glue if possible, vs. school glue. The cereal adhered to the tacky glue better and didn't saturate the cereal. It also dried faster. If you use school glue, be sure not to use too much, as too much glue will saturate the cereal and take longer to dry.
If using school glue or a thin glue, after about 10-15 minutes, press down on the cereal pieces again to make they adhere properly. It may take about an hour or more for the glue to dry.
When gluing the cereal, avoid the bottom area of the tree area as this is where it will be inserted into the toilet paper tube slits (for the trunk).
Note: The example below shows red cereal pieces on green construction paper, but any colors can be used.
Color combination ideas:
- Red, orange and yellow cereal on white or construction paper for a Fall theme.
- All cereal colors on white or yellow construction paper for a rainbow tree.
- Red and green cereal on green or red construction paper for a festive tree.
- All red cereal on green construction paper for a traditional apple tree.
Step 4. Prepare the trunk of the tree.
Cut a 2-inch slit on each side of the the empty toilet paper roll. The slits should be across from each other. You can gently squeeze the toilet paper roll and cut both slits at once if desired, to ensure they are across from each other.
Step 5. Assemble the tree.
Once the glue is dry on your tree, place the tree inside the slits of the toilet paper roll and your tree is completed!
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Craft Activity Variations
Here are some variations of this craft activity.
- Instead of fruit (froot) loops cereal, consider using fruity pebbles cereal for a fall themed tree with different colors.
- If you don't have a toilet paper roll, you can just use a piece of construction paper to draw a tree and then glue the cereal on the tree.
- In addition to apple trees, there are lemon trees and orange trees, so consider using all yellow cereal to make a lemon tree, or all orange cereal to make an orange tree.
More "Apple Themed" Activities
There are lots of fun activity and crafts which are apple themed. Here are more fun things to do:
- Draw and color and apple. Need help? Watch this video and learn how to draw an apple, and an apple tree: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFSbIdgz2Rg
- Use your hand to draw the branches and trunk of a tree. On a white piece of construction paper, trace your hand including 2 to 3 inches for the trunk of the tree. Your fingers are the branches of the tree and your wrist is the tree trunk. Color the tree trunk and branches brown. Go outside and collect some leaves. As an alternative, you can use some spring mix or spinach leaves from the refrigerator. Glue the leaves on the tree. You can also draw and color the leaves too!
- Go apple picking at a farm. This can be a family event or a school trip. For fun, wear something red when you go apple picking. After picking some apples, sit in a circle and count your apples. Then decide what you want to make with your apples. Apples are a healthy snack. Eat an apple every day!
- Balance an apple for fun! Can you balance an apple on your arm? Can you balance an apple on your head? Try walking with an apple on your head and count to 10.
- Identify different apple colors and types. Visit a grocery store or farm market and see how many different kinds of apples you can find. How many colors of apples can you find?
- Make baked apples. Remove the core of 6 apples. Spray non-stick spray in a baking dish. Add 1/4 cup of water in the baking dish. Place cored apples in the baking dish. Sprinkle a teaspoon of brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon on each apple. Bake on 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!
- Make apple sauce. Peel, core and chop 6 apples. Place the chopped apples in a saucepan with water and bring water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until tender. Drain water. Mash apples with a masher for chunky apple sauce or blend in a blender or food processor for smooth apple sauce. Add 2 to 4 tables of sugar, or substitute honey instead. If desired, you may also add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir/blend well and serve.
- Make apple cake. It's fun to bake together! There's an apple cake recipe in the back of my "Silly Willy Apple Cake" book. You can find my book here and if you have Kindle Unlimited, the eBook version is free. Just want the recipe? Contact me with a hand drawn, colored picture of an apple and tell me what you love about apples, and I'll send you my recipe for free!
"Silly Willy Apple Cake" Book Trailer
Silly Willy Apple Cake Book and Recipe
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