An A+ Apple Craft

Happy September!

I don’t know about you, but September makes me go all crazy for apples.

Apples just kind of go with Back to School…  Apples for the teacher, A is for Apple, an apple in your lunch pail… And September also just happens to be the month of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday!

So it seemed proper for the Happy Buddy and I to do an apple craft (inspiration HERE).

So easy.  So cute – right?!

Just paint a paper plate red.

Glue a construction paper stem and leaf to the back of the plate.

Cut a worm from green paper and add some googly eyes.

Make a small slit in the paper plate.

Poke your worm through!

Happy Apple Craft-ing! :-)

*For more great posts on Apples, go HERE!*

Apples, Apples, Apples!

What a glorious sight.

Y’all didn’t think I’d let you get away without a few more apple-themed posts this September, did you?! :-)

Check out these apple-icious inspirations!

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I love this simple Apple Paper Plate craft from The Creative Crayon.

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I can already smell this Apple Pie-Scented Homemade Playdough from Little Wonders’ Days.

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Apple Printing is a classic activity for little ones, but I love how Toddler Approved turned her Happy Buddies’ prints into a beautiful banner.

Plus, she has a really great tip on how to cut the apples for an easy grip!

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Parents shows how to bring your apples to life with edible arms and legs and even little shirt buttons. :-)

What a fun after school snack!

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Speaking of snacks, wouldn’t your Happy Buddies think these Apple Smiles from The Workman Family are hilarious?Or host an after-school Apple Tasting Party like B. Inspired Mama.

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Bento-logy made this Apple-Themed Lunch for her Happy Buddy as a way to communicate that she’s the ‘Apple of her Eye!’

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I’ll bet Johnny Appleseed wouldn’t mind if your Happy Home made some of these adorable Apple Cupcakes from Make and Takes to celebrate his birthday on the 26th.

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And this is my favorite apple idea of all.

Living in Florida doesn’t exactly lend itself to seasonal blessings – like going to pick apples in a real apple tree orchard.

So why not make your own Indoor Apple Picking Experience like Frugal Family Fun?

Just grab a branch and some paper apples and leaves, then give your Happy Buddies a basket with specific instructions to pick enough for your homemade applesauce recipe!

Happy Apple-ing! :-)

Craft – An Apple Tree

Johnny Appleseed’s birthday is coming up!!!!

When I was teaching 2nd grade, I think my class spent more time in the month of September studying apples than we did learning all of the other things that I was supposed to be teaching.

I just really love apples.

It wouldn’t be September for me without including a few apple activities here at Happy Home Fairy, so let me introduce you to what the Happy Buddy and I put together yesterday!So cute, right?!

And unbelievably simple.

I wish I had a tutorial for you, but it’s hard to craft with a 2-year-old – let alone draw it out by taking pictures of each step.

With pom-poms flying across the room and Elmer’s glue exploding all over the refrigerator, a mom has to work fast!

Plus, this craft came together so quickly that it’s kind of a no-brainer.What you will need to make your own tree:

  • An empty toilet paper roll
  • Brown paper
  • Green paper (ours was some scrapbook paper I found in a stash somewhere)
  • Red pom-poms
  • Glue

Directions:

Step 1 – Wrap the toilet paper roll with the brown paper and glue to seal.

Step 2 – Cut a small slit in either side of the toilet paper roll.

Step 3 – Cut a bushy tree shape from the green paper.

Step 4 – Glue pom-pom apples on the green paper and allow to dry.

Step 5 – Slip the tree top into the slits on the toilet paper roll.

Voila!

Johnny would be so proud!

And here is a picture of the tree the Happy Buddy made for Mom-Mom.He wanted her apples to be rainbow because she is so magical.

Happy Apple Tree Craft-ing! :-)

*Want more Apple Ideas?  Last year Happy Home Fairy hosted an Apple Extravaganza!  5 days of apple crafts, recipes and creative Happy Home fun! 

You can check it out HERE!*

Apple Extravaganza – Day 3!

Today is SUPER special because not only is it Day 3 of our Apple Extravaganza, but also it is the first official day of Fall!  I am not even kidding about this!  It’s here!  The season of all fabulous things like pumpkins and pies and hayrides and leaves and of course… apples!  So call up a friend today and tell them, “Happy First Day of Fall!”  I did this to my husband this morning and he loved it!

Our Apple Activity today is really neat because it will teach your kids about how God created the apple tree AND it’s absolutely DELICIOUS!

Materials Needed (per child) –

  • 1 Ritz cracker
  • 1/2 of a Graham Cracker square
  • White icing
  • Green food coloring
  • Mini red M&Ms

Day 3 Apple Activity -The Seasons of the Apple Tree

Step 1 – Download and print out this amazing FREE Apple coloring book that will help teach your kids about the seasons of an apple tree!  There’s even an awesome certificate that you fill out and give to your child in celebration of their learning about apples!  I LOVE IT!!!!

Step 2 – Put 1 Ritz Cracker on a plate.  Put the Graham Cracker piece below it (see picture).  This is your tree.  Explain to your child that from the months of December thru March this is what the apple tree looks like – no leaves, no flowers, and no apples.  During the winter months the apple trees are resting and storing up energy to make apples in the fall.

Step 3 – Spread green icing on Ritz Cracker.  I dotted mine with some pink sprinkles to make it look like my tree had flowers.  Explain to your child that in the spring the apple tree is waking up and flowers start to bloom.  The bees love to come and smell the sweet blossoms on the apple tree!  They pollinate the flowers so that the apples can start to grow.

Step 4 – Remove the pink sprinkles and put a few mini red M&Ms on the green icing.  Explain that through the summer months apples begin to grow.

Step 5 – Cover your tree with more apples and a few tumbling down from the tree because in the months of fall (September-November), the apples are ready to be picked and eaten by hungry little kids like yours!  :-)  (Or made into delicious recipes like homemade applesauce – stop by tomorrow for the recipe!!!!  Soooo easy and will fill your home with the most UNBELIEVABLE smell!)

Step 6 – Eat your apple tree!

Noah and I had so much fun learning about apple trees!  His favorite part was getting to chow down on it!

The funny thing, though, was that Noah apparently only likes to eat tree trunks…

Apple Activity at Dinner –

Cut out a a “worm” from brown paper.  Hide it under someone’s plate at dinner.  Place an apple with a hole in it on the dinner table.  While you’re eating together as a family, tell the kids that there’s a hole in the apple so there must be a worm!  Maybe it escaped!  Have them look around their place settings for the missing worm.  Whoever finds it gets to hide it again while the rest of the family covers their eyes.  Keep playing until everyone has hidden the worm.  :-)

Apple Joke –

Q. What reads and lives in an apple?

A. A bookworm!

Apple Extravaganza – Day 2!

I’ll bet your kids are still talking about the Apple Star story and activity from yesterday!  I know my Noah is!  Well, I know he would be talking about it – if he could talk!  :-)

For today’s Apple Activity you may need a quick trip to Wal-Mart, or you may have the materials on hand…

Materials Needed –

  • Red, yellow, and green tissue paper
  • Clear contact paper
  • Red and green construction paper

Day 2 Apply Activity – Stained Glass Apples

This idea is from Mrs. Nelson!

Step 1 – Cut out an apple frame from the red construction paper.  Make sure the apple frame is open in the middle (see picture).

Step 2 – Stick the apple frame onto a piece of clear contact paper.  Add a leaf for the stem.

Step 3 – Stick small tissue paper squares to the contact paper.

Step 4 – Hang in the window…  They are beautiful!!

A great idea – Write the following Bible verse around the rim of your apple before sticking it to the contact paper: “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 17:8

I made these super easy Stained Glass Apples yesterday with my Noah and two of our little friends.  They had a BLAST doing it and their finished products look so gorgeous hanging in the window!  A total touch of Fall!

Apple Activity at Dinner –

Have a Taste-Testing Party around the dinner table!  Cut up several different varieties of apples (Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, etc.).  Go around the table and have family members try one of each different kind of apple.  Everyone must share which one was their favorite and why!

Dessert Bonus – After Taste-Testing, dunk all of those delicious apple slices in this heavenly dip!

Apple Dip of Heaven

Ingredients: 1 (8 oz) pkge cream cheese (softened), 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 T vanilla extract

Directions: Stir everything together until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.  Toss some toffee bits on top for a scrumptious addition!  Dip apple slices in and enjoy!

Apple Joke –

Q.  Why did Eve want to move to New York?

A.  Because she fell for the Big Apple!  :-)

(Just as a side note, it has never been a proven fact that the apple was the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.  I just thought I’d clear that up and help relieve the bad rep this awful rumor has given apples! :-))

Here’s a pic of the Stained Glass Apple that Noah and I made together!  We wrote the Bible verse around the rim and then hung it in our front window!  It makes us smile when we come home and see it! :-)