Paper Plate Apple Craft

Explore natural science, fine motor, and visual arts skills with your preschoolers using this Paper Plate Apple Craft. This quick and easy painting for kids activity is perfect for your harvest, Fall, and orchard themes. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it!

collage of apple painting images with text: Paper Plate Apple Craft Painting for KidsApple preschool crafts are perfect for Fall. Teach your children about the tree life cycle, fruit trees, animals in the orchard, and skins and shells with this wonderful apple painting for kids.

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preschool painting paper plate with red paint for apple craftApples are a great way to introduce the concept of life cycles to preschool-aged learners. After all, we start each new homeschool year in September, which is the perfect time to learn all about apple orchards.

preschooler painting paper plate red while making apple craftWho doesn’t love picking apples, making applesauce, and even baking pies? There are so many wonderful ways to explore math and reasoning skills with your preschoolers this Fall season.

preschooler painting paper plate green while making apple craft A seed is the part of a plant that can grow into a new plant. They range in size and color. Many kinds of seeds are good for animals and people to eat. 

red paper plate apple craft with stem and leafApples are definitely a Fall favorite, especially for curious preschoolers. This is the perfect time to learn about what’s inside an apple, share some fun apple read alouds, and of course make apple prints too.

preschooler's apple painting process art on trayPaper Plate Apple Craft

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Paper Plate
  • Black Beans
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Nature Items

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out the Inspiration Photo and additional supplies.


  • What colors and shapes do you see in the photo?
  • How do you think an apple grows?
  • Will you make an apple core or a whole apple?
  • Will you cut the paper plate?
  • What can you use to make leaves?


  • Does the child express any knowledge about the inside or outside of apples?
  • How does she explain how apples grow?

preschooler's red and green paper plate apple craft with pretend seedsWe used sticks from our backyard and artificial leaves to finish our apples. You can use a variety of nature items or cardstock to decorate your paper plate apple craft. Either way, your preschoolers will enjoy making their very own apple painting process art.

preschooler's paper plate apple crafts on plastic trayDon’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Orchard Harvest theme from Experience Preschool!

collage of apple painting images with text: Paper Plate Apple Craft for Preschoolers