- Construction paper – Red, yellow, orange, green, and brown
- Glue stick
1. We’ll be using construction paper in this project. To save on paper waste, cut all the papers EXCEPT BROWN in half making 9″ x 6″ pieces.
2. Cut out a branch shape from the brown paper.
Cut out three stems
3. Stack one piece of red, yellow, and orange together.
Fold the papers in half all together.
Trace leaf shapes.
Cut out the leaves through all the layers of paper.
4. Glue about half of the leaves you cut out onto the branch.
5. On the back of the project, glue the stems where you want your apples to hang.
6. Stack red, green, and yellow together.
Fold the papers in half together.
Trace an apple shape and cut out the apple through all the layers.
This should make 6 apples: two in each color.
The pairs of colored apples should fit directly on top of each other.
7. Position the apples where you want then to be on the stems.
Trim the stems as needed.
Glue the apples to the stems.
8. Layer the matching apple shape onto each apple to cover the stem.
Glue the rest of the leaves on this side to create a reversible project!
Hole punch or use clothes pins to hang the mobile!
Suggested project uses
This project can be used in the following ways:
- Do this project while waiting for your applesauce to cook!
- Pair with a good apple book!
- If your child learning the letters of the alphabet and you are using this as a Letter A project, have your child write a capital A on one side of the apple and a lower case a on the other side.
- You can also have your child write or draw a picture of different things that can apples can be used for
- TEACHERS! Time permitting, create a one-sided apple tree branch with long stems. Have each of your students write their name on their favorite apple color. Glue the apples to the stems according to color to make a neat graph of your students’ favorite apples. Pair with a math lesson!
- Whatever you use this project for, remember to proudly display your child’s masterpiece!
Here is a list of things you can talk about while doing this project with your child:
- Discuss with your child the life cycle of an apple.
- Brainstorm different ways to use apples like applesauce, cider, and dried apple rings
- The difference between red, green, and yellow apples. Pair with a taste test to find out your child’s favorite type of apple!
While working on this project, your child will be practicing the following skills:
- Fine motor
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Imagination and Creation
- Trees and nature/science