Apple picking is such a fun activity for this fall season and using this fun, cross curricular activity is a great way to use the apple theme to practice some other skills. Painting is a great activity to work on fine motor skills. This activity is adaptable for multiple levels of learning!
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Peeling the Layers Back on This Apple Painting Fun!
red, green, or yellow paint
- handdrawn trees with circles about the size of a pom pom
Level 1: Fine Motor Focus
This is a great place to start if your child is working on his/her fine motor skills and you want to focus on grasping the clothespin.
Step 1 On your handdrawn trees, pre-draw circles for your child to paint.
Step 2 Have your child practice using the clothespin to pick up the cotton ball.
Step 3 He/she will dip the cotton ball in the paint and find a circle to stamp it into. It *may* get a bit messy. If your child is on the newer end of mastering this skill, smaller amounts of paint will be best.
Level 2: Number Recognition Focus
This is great for your child if he/she is practicing different ways of recognizing a specific number.
Step 1 On your handdrawn tree, write the main number on the trunk of the tree and in each of your pre-drawn circles, write a way to represent the main number and other numbers.
Step 2 Have your child use the clothespin to pick up the cotton ball and dip it into the paint.
Step 3 Your child will use the cotton ball paintbrush to stamp the number representations that match the number on the trunk.
Level 3: High Frequency Word Focus
This is great for your older children who are working on memorizing those high frequency words!
Step 1 On the handdrawn tree, down at the bottom, select 3-4 high frequency words and write them out. Each word will need to be represented by a different color.
Step 2 Label each of the pre-drawn circles with one of the words selected.
Step 3 Have your child use cotton balls to stamp the corresponding words with their matching colors.
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