A fun way to display children’s apple hand print art!
At least once a month, I like to use the preschoolers’ hand prints to make art. Hand print art is fun for the kids, parents love receiving it, and I love using that art in the children’s end of the year portfolios. Since we’re learning about apples this month, it made sense to make apple hand prints for September 2013’s portfolio page.
Making the apple hand prints were pretty easy! I grabbed some tempera paints and paintbrushes, then called the children over one at a time. I asked each child what color apple she wanted — red, yellow, or green. The palm of the hand served as the main part of the apple, so it was painted whichever color the child chose. Then I dabbed a little bit of brown paint on the bottom half of the thumb, and that was the apple’s stem.
Once everything was dry, I cut the apples out and backed them with construction paper. I really wanted to display the apple hand prints, so I decided to attempt an apple tree bulletin board.
Normally, I just like to use the children’s art and writing for bulletin boards. I’m not huge on exclusively teacher-made bulletin boards because that takes the focus off displaying the kids’ work. I decided to make an exception in creating the tree for the bulletin board. I grabbed some brown butcher paper, cut it into strips, and crumpled up the strips. The crumpling gave the paper a bit of texture, kind of like the bark of a tree. Well, if you squint hard enough! 🙂
Once the tree was up, I added hand print leaves (just green hand prints the kids made for me). Then the apples were added, and I labeled it “apples for the teacher”. It was fun to show the children the class’ apple tree made out of their hand prints!
During centers this week, I took the children’s dictations about their apple hand prints. The dictations will be used in the end of the year portfolios, along with the apple hand prints and a pictures of the children taken on the first day.
I’m excited to be a part of Blessed Beyond a Doubt‘s “Apples, Apples, and More Apples” blog hop today! More than 20 bloggers are taking part, so be sure to check out the links below for many more apple-themed ideas. If you’re a blogger and want to add your apple activities to the link up PLEASE do so!! If you’re not a blogger, I’d love for you to leave your apple activities below in the comments section. It’s always fun to learn some new ideas.