We had a few other 3 yr olds over earlier this week for an "Apple Themed" Preschool. I wanted to do a craft that they (and their parents) would want to display, and I've been wanting to try some printing/stamping with apples - so we made Apple Print Banners.
Knife (for cutting apple)
Ribbon, String, Yarn or Bias Tape
Glue, Tape, Stapler or Sewing Machine (to adhere cardstock to ribbon)
In advance: Cut desired number of Triangles or Squares out of cardstock (I cut 6 for each child). Be sure to add an extra inch on top. Fold over 1/2 inch on the top of each shape and sandwich the ribbon betweeen this fold. Secure the shapes to the ribbon (I used a sewing machine zig zag stitch - but you could just as easily glue, tape or staple it together).
Cut apples in half and notch out a handle (being careful to not go all of the way through the apple)
Place a small amount of paint on a plate. Dip apple into paint and stamp on the cardstock (it may help to blot on paper towel first).
Once dry, add stems using brown marker.
Some of the children were more liberal with the paint - so I had to break out my blowdryer to speed up the drying process.
Below are a few of the other "Apple" Themed activities we did:
Apple Poems / Flannel Board Activity
(Recognize this tree from one of my first Toddler Approved posts)
Five Red Apples
Five red apples
Hanging on a tree
The juiciest apples you ever did see!
The wind came past
And gave an angry frown
And one little apple came tumbling down.
Four red apples, etc.
The Apple Tree
Way up high in an apple tree
Five little apples smiled down at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down came the apples
Mmmmm, were they good!
[Repeat counting down until no apples are left]
Worm in Apple Treat
Instructions on how to make this yummy apple treat found here on a Family Kitchen Babble post. While the kids were eating their treats I cut open an apple so they could exampine the seeds (remember if you cut it in half as in the above picture, the apple seeds are formed in the shape of a star). We also discussed the "Lifecycle of an Apple" using this free printable from Montessori for Everyone.
The Worm Went Through the Apple (to the tune of For He's a Jolly Good Fellow) found here - you'll have to scroll down to find it but will find several other apple ideas in the process.
I Like to Eat Apples & Bananas