Storytime and Craft: Apple Countdown

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In preparation for the beginning of school next week (EEK!),  I did a Storytime and Craft with Madison  using “Apple Countdown” by Joan Holub.  I bought this book for my daughter last fall through the Scholastic Book program.  I really love the program and I hope her new school offers it.  My daughter has mastered counting 1-10 but still has difficulty with 11-20.  This book covers 1-20 which I think will help her progress.
After reading the book, we made Apple Prints
You will need:
Tempera Paint (washable!)
I cut the apples two ways: vertically and horizontally.  With a vertical cut, you get the entire apple shape for the stamp.  With a horizontal cut, you get a star pattern.
{apple cut vertically}
We then experimented with different amounts of paint on the apples.  I found that you do not need a lot of paint to make a decent print.  The less paint the better. If you use too much, the apple sticks to the paper and is hard to get off, leaving a gloppy mess. We got the best prints by brushing the paint on with a paint brush and then stamping the paper. 
Push down on all sides of the apple to get the best print.  We were not able to get a “full” apple print but did get some decent stars and apple outlines.  Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect.  True art never is, is it?
This kept her busy for a decent amount of time.  You can even use this as wrapping paper for a back-to-school teacher gift.
Sharing this craft at:

Come Together Kids
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One Comment

  1. What a fabulous idea! We’ve never done apple prints before. It looks like so much fun! I love all the Scholastic Books. We are working on recognizing 11-20 right now too so this would be a great activity for my preschooler. Thanks for sharing!

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