After our potato printing with glue & glitter, Minnie was keen to do some printing with paint! She decided she'd like to use an apple rather than a potato, so I went with her request & was so glad I did! I cut an apple in half, & she collected her choice of paint.
Before printing we pressed the apple over a sheet of kitchen towel to remove some of the moisture, as she did this Minnie noticed the 'star' in the middle of the apple, & was keen to know how it got there!! This was a great opportunity to talk about seeds, the apple core, water, nutrients, growth, & where our food comes from etc, but finished up with Minnie wanting to plant the seeds and grow her own apple trees! :-)
Then with just a little red paint on a saucer, she dabbed & swirled the apple in the paint before adding it to the paper.
We still had our star cookie cutters on the side & Minnie was eager to use them on the apple. She managed to match the star cookie cutter to the 'star' shape in the apple, & cut out her shape (with a little help from me to apply the pressure).
Then with a little paint she created these lovely patterns!
I know what we'll be using for wrapping paper this Christmas! ;-) I think we'll have a go at printing silver/white stars on a navy/black paper next, what a neat night sky that would make!
A simple activity which could help develop shape recognition, motor skills, colour recognition, numeracy, creativity, & an interest in nature.
Sometimes the most beautiful artwork flows from the simplest of activities!
If you like this activity, you might also like our apple tree & framed prints that we had fun with earlier this year.
For more Star activities check out Star Play Dough, Headbands, Spinners & More!