The next hot and sunny afternoon that seems to be dragging, your child can use his favorite fruits for a fun project And, not only will he have the chance to explore creating art, he can enjoy those fruits once he’s finished!
What You Need:
- Fruits, like apples, oranges, lemons, strawberries
- Paper plates
- Tempera paints
- White paper
What You Do:
- Start by helping your preschooler collect all his favorite fruits and place them on the worktable. Invite him to share what colors the fruits are and what he tastes when he eats his favorite fruits, encouraging his vocabulary!
- Now slice the fruits in half and invite your child to select colors of tempera paints for creating his fruit prints. He can pick realistic colors, like red for his apple, or be creative and use abstract colors, like black, brown, or gray!
- Help your child put a small amount of paint on each paper plate, asking him if he recognizes the colors as he goes!
- Place a sheet of white drawing paper in front of your child alongside the paper plates and sliced fruits. Now he can tap the fruits onto the plates and then on his paper!
- Encourage your child to continue tapping and printing his fruits until his whole paper is covered!
- Now you can proudly display his finished fruit print somewhere in the kitchen reminding the whole family how fun fruits can be – and enjoy eating the remaining halves of the fruits!
Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.