Fall is an exciting time of year as we begin a brand-new season, start of the school year, and prepare for all the upcoming holidays. When the weather starts getting cooler and the days are getting shorter, I’m all about settling down with my kiddos in our home to create fun crafts, plan activities, and make memories.
My son, Levi, is 3.5 years old, and he is starting to learn the alphabet. Fall is a great time to begin learning the letter A because it’s apple season! This craft is an easy one for mamas to put together, as there’s few materials needed and barely any prep work.
There’s a lot to talk about with your little one while they’re doing this apple activity. Levi and I talked about the different parts of an apple (stem, leaf, skin, flesh, core, and seeds), shape, colors, the letter A, and practiced scissor skills all while mama got dinner ready! You’ll love this activity as your kiddo strengthens their scissor skills, learns about apples, and begins letter recognition all while having fun!
- Lay out all materials on a surface.
- Cut the red and green construction paper into long strips.
How easy is that?! Now your kiddo can cut across the red and green strips of construction paper, and then glue the pieces to the apple print out.
* TIP – To make sure kids are using scissors properly draw a smiley face on your kiddos thumb and tell them to always make sure the smiley face is facing up.
This kid’s activity can be done for all different holidays and themes. You could do a pumpkin for Halloween, Christmas Tree for Christmas, and a heart for Valentine’s Day. You can also base it on your kid’s interests. Dinosaurs, bugs, flowers, and a rainbow would be a lot of fun just to name a few!
Benefits of Scissor Skills:
- Fine Motor Skill Development
- Hand/Eye Coordination
- Strengthens Hand Muscles
- Increases Bilateral Coordination (Using both sides of the body together in an activity. One hand is cutting, and the other hand is holding and guiding the paper.)