I’m always looking for easy activities to do with my one year old son, and since we were lucky enough to enjoy some apple picking last week, I thought this idea might be fun for you to try with your own little ones!

You will need:

Non-toxic paints (such as Crayola finger paints in fall colors)
Apples
Knife and Cutting Board
Paper Towels
White Cardboard
*optional* Markers, Yarn & a Glue Gun

First, cut a few apples in half using a knife and cutting board. Try cutting one apple lengthwise and one width wise – I always love discovering the little ‘seed star’ when cutting and apple through the middle!

Lay the apple halves on paper towels to soak up any moisture.

Spread some finger paint out in a plastic dish. (Green, yellow, red and orange work great for fall!).

Dip the apples in the paint and wipe of any excess paint with another paper towel. If your child is very young, you’ll have to do this for them – but older kids ages three and up love doing it themselves!

Stamp apple shapes all over your chosen surface. We used white cardboard from IKEA packaging, but any sturdy paper will do!

Let the apple stamps dry completely before adding marker doodles on top – a great activity for children ages four and up.

As for our apple artwork, I added some red yarn around the edges with hot glue, and we plan on using it on our Thanksgiving table this year 😉

Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is a local Jersey City artist specializing in kids room and nursery decor.. She lives in the Powerhouse Arts District with her husband and son, whom she affectionately calls Moose 😉 Visit her online at  http://www.ladylucas.com and @LadyLucasArt

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