What’s more fall than gathering the kids and heading to the orchard to pick apples?
We love fall and papercrafts so we combined both of them into this one handprint apple tree craft!
It’s super simple and only requires a few supplies so it’s perfect for making at home or in the classroom.
Depending on the amount of help you want to provide the kids, this craft is great for older toddlers, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten children.
Watch our short video tutorial to see how easy it is to make.
Also, be sure to check out all of our fall crafts for kids for even more ideas!
Easy Apple Tree Craft
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If you’re looking for another nature craft for kids, be sure to try out this birch tree art project that’s perfect for winter!
Trace your child’s hand and arm on a piece of brown paper. We used kraft paper. Cut it out.
Draw a tree shape big enough for the handprint on a green piece of paper and cut it out.
Glue the handprint to the middle of the green tree piece, leaving the arm part of the handprint hanging off.
Use the glue stick to glue on the red or green pom poms all around the tree.
Fall Resources Kids Love
Fall Preschool Unit
We’re always trying to share simple ways to incorporate our crafts into a preschool unit for both parents and teachers.
Here are some of the ways we’d set up a fall themed preschool unit.
Monday: Sensory Play
Sensory play is great for kids who love hands-on activities and who love exploring new things!
This glittery fall sensory bottle is great for helping kids calm down. Use it when children are upset, overstimulated, or need to practice more mindfulness.
Just give it a few shakes and then watch the glitter and leaves peacefully swirl and fall inside the bottle.
This fall sensory bin has all the rich colors of fall you’d expect, with a base filler of popcorn kernels.
Use store-bought or nature-found items to create your bin and then have kids play with it open-ended or with a specific objective (like counting the number of acorns, finding all the hard or smooth objects, etc).
Tuesday: Worksheets + Printables
These camping do a dot printables go along perfectly with the fall theme! This packet helps kids learn number recognition, counting, letter recognition, and more. Plus, they’re super fun!
Using fall pattern block mats is another great way to get hands-on play that kids crave. These are great for teaching kids pre-math skills like shapes and patterns.
Have a child who loves I Spy at home? Print out these camp themed I Spy printables to have them practice visual discrimination and focus.
A whole day of crafting?! Yes, please!
Here are some of our favorite fall craft ideas for kids:
- Paper Plate Fox Craft
- Easy Raccoon Craft
- Handprint Campfire Craft
- Paper Plate Hedgehog Craft
- Paper Plate Apple Craft
Choose to do as many as you want in one day, or do one a day for the week!
Thursday: In The Kitchen
Kids can learn so much in the kitchen! If you love cooking and baking, it’s the perfect opportunity to share your hobby and help the kids learn valuable skills.
Check out any of these adorable fall treats:
Art is great for self expression and creativity! We’ve gathered some simple and fun ideas to keep the kids busy and having fun.
This scarecrow art activity is simple to do and helps kids with focus and fine motor skills!
This wax resist leaf art is an easy way to bring nature into art time and make some unique projects.
Have the kids paint their own fall tree with this simple and fun tutorial.
This watercolor pumpkin art is colorful and easy to make with young kids.
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More Fall Ideas For Kids
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Red or green pom poms
- Glue stick
- Trace your child's hand and arm on a piece of brown paper. We used kraft paper. Cut it out.
- Draw a tree shape big enough for the handprint on a green piece of paper and cut it out.
- Glue the handprint to the middle of the green tree piece, leaving the arm part of the handprint hanging off.
- Use the glue stick to glue on the red or green pom poms all around the tree.