OK you’ve come back from the apple orchard again this season with more apples than you know what to do with. You’ve made everything from apple pies, to oatmeal apple banana muffins, to applesauce and you STILL have so many apples on your hands. In fact, some may be beginning to bruise. Don’t throw those apples away just yet! I’ve got an easy pumpkin apple stamping craft for kids that they’re going to love!
But if you did need a super quick homemade applesauce recipe, I’ve got you covered for that too. I have a super simple, yet delicious, Instant Pot applesauce recipe for you right here.
Ok back to crafting! This project is a great way to use up those apples that are already starting to bruise and that the kids won’t eat anyways. I love being able to reuse materials for craft projects. Being more eco-friendly where I can has always been my jam and I love that it helps the kids get their creative juices flowing as well. My daughter was just recently learning about the parts of an apple in preschool so she was super excited to do this project.
Materials You’ll Need for Pumpkin Apple Stamping:
- Apples, cut in half
- Orange tempera paint (You can get just the orange color or I just got this set of multi colored tempera paints here)
- Green construction paper
- Brown paper bag scraps (I just cut up some of our brown paper grocery bags when we’re done using them)
- Paper bowls or paint plate to put paint in
- Paint brush (if needed)
How to Make Apple Pumpkin Stamps:
First, cut your apple in half along the stem.
Pour your orange tempera paint into a shallow bowl or plate.
Next, dip the apple half into the paint. If your child needs help dipping the apple you can always stick a fork into the apple to make it easier for him or her to hold on to.
You and your child can paint the orange tempera paint directly onto the apple half with a paintbrush if that’s easier as well.
Now, stamp your pumpkin onto the cardstock. Add as many pumpkins as you’d like and let fully dry before decorating them.
How to Customize Your Pumpkins:
Now, onto the fun part, the decorating. This is where you can let your children get creative. They can experiment with colored glitter, googly eyes, stickers, cutting out a jack-o-lantern face, etc. Here’s what I did to decorate my pumpkins.
I cut green strips of construction paper and wrapped them around a straw to get them to curl up like a vine.
I then took some scraps from a brown grocery bag I had intended on recycling and cut out stem shapes.
Then, I simply glued these pieces on top of my pumpkins and my pumpkins were complete.
You can get as detailed or go as simple as you’d like. This is where I love seeing the kiddos’ creativity shine through and I love seeing how they really make the project their own.
What Halloween crafts do you enjoy doing with your kiddos this time of year? Let me know in the comments.
If you enjoyed this Halloween craft you’ll love this Simple Halloween Stamping Craft for Kids activity as well!!