Guess what? I finally came up with a craft. I guess my brain is starting to think in school mode, it's right around the corner.
I know apples are a common fall and beginning of school theme. I have seen some great ones out there while I was surfing the web. I came up with this one the other day.
You will need:
2 paper plates
green construction paper
Take your two paper plates and put them together so that they puff out; bottoms of the plate out. Here is a tricky part: using the hole puncher go around the edges to punch holes into the two paper plates together, they will need to be sewn together later. I marked two holes with a pencil so that I would be able to line up the holes later.
The next step is to paint the bottom of both plates. I painted mine red as we do different things with apples when we talk about red. But, apples can be many different colors so feel free to improvise.
After the paint has dried, give the children a piece of yarn. I always wrap one end with masking tape to make it easier to "sew" with. Let the children sew the two plates together.
When there are about 3 holes left, let them crunch up some paper and stuff the apple. (This step is not totally necessary as the apple will still be 3D-ish without the extra stuffing.)
The rest to the apple needs to be sewn together now. The children will probably need some help holding the two sides together. When all the holes are sewn, tie the end off. (You will see one side of my apple is crumpled. This comes from different sewing techniques. When going up and through you have a nice smooth apple as you will see on one side, when go around you will get some crumples. I always leave this up to the children.)
Take a popsicle stick and let them break it in half, color with a marker. I put tacky on both sides of one end of the stick and glued it between the two plates.
The final step is to add some leaves. I cut two leaves from green paper and glued one leaf on each side. In our room we like to hang things from the ceiling. These apples would be one of those projects. Remember, they may look good, but don't eat them!