Craft projects are not just fun, they are also a great way for little ones to learn. What looks like just glue and paper in this tissue paper apple craft is actually a chance for kids to develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, listening skills and the ability to create with their hands. That is why art is so important for kids, especially preschoolers, as they explore these new skills.
One of my family’s favorite projects are our tissue paper projects. They can be made for any season and theme, and we have made a bunch of them – Easter Egg, American Flag, rainbow, school bus and our newest project a tissue paper apple craft.
Tissue Paper Apple Craft
I started my daughters making these when they were two, and at age seven my oldest still asks to make them. My kids love them because they can do them completely on their own, giving them a great sense of accomplishment. Not to mention they are really cute. I love them because they aren’t messy and all of the cognitive reasons above — reasons my kids are completely unaware of!
Oh and an added bonus, it is a great project to talk about upcycling! I have only ever made these tissue paper crafts with used tissue paper, giving a new life to something that might otherwise have ended up in the trash.
- Red, green and brown tissue paper
- Cardboard or construction paper
Print the apple template. If you are using construction paper, you can print directly onto the construction paper (although you may need to trim the paper). If you are using cardboard (my preference), print the template on paper then cut it out and trace it on to your cardboard.
Cut the tissue paper into approximately one inch squares. The squares do not need to be exact and this is a great way for kids to practice cutting. I usually cut strips and then help my little ones snip off squares (or blobs really).
Next help them spread a thin layer of glue in a small area of the apple and begin placing the tissue paper balls in that area. Continue until the whole apple is covered.
Depending on the age of your child, the apple will be more or less full. But it will be beautiful, perfect for fall and a great opportunity for your child to work on those important developmental skills along the way.
There are many early educational programs available for preschool-aged children including La Petite Academy, which focuses on enjoyable learning. At La Petite Academy, the joys of childhood are experienced and strong social and educational foundations are formed. Children learn to work together, respect one another and have fun constructively.
In addition to play time and craft time, La Petite Academy offers these educational programs:
- Focus on Literacy – Promotes early literacy with in-home and at-school activities for little learners to improve their literacy and cognition.
- Learn from the Start – milestone-based curriculum to early education for infants and toddlers.
- Learn as we Grow – Designed to meet the needs of 30-42 month old children preparing children for school with three focuses understanding routines and transitions, developing independence and earning through experiences
There are more than 450 La Petite Academies located in 36 states. Learn more about La Petite Academy and how your child could benefit from an early learning program.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Learning Care Group. The opinions and text are all mine.