My kids have become obsessed with a show on kids CBC called Artzooka. It's basically just a guy doing arts and crafts. Nibbles and Fufu love arts and crafts and after every Artzooka show, they ask to make the craft that was just made. If you've never seen the show, the problem with it is that odd materials are always used to make these crafts. Things that most people wouldn't have just lying around. Things like corks, hair nets, 8 colorful odd sock, jumbo chip bags (I personally would never have this item). Anyway, it drives me nuts because I would love to do those crafts with them, but I don't have a box in my storage room titled "odd items" (maybe I should).
I found some little paper plates (I keep tons of these in the craft cupboard because there are so many cute kids crafts you can do with these) and figured that, once painted, they could be used as the actual apple. I told them they could paint the apples either red, yellow or green since apples come in those colors. It worked out perfectly since Fufu's favorite color of the week is yellow and Nibbles, green. Before the paint dried, I let them sprinkle some sparkles on top because what kid doesn't love sparkles and it makes the finished product "pretty" (dollar stores sell sparkles in shaker-like containers which are great because they keep the sparkle mess at bay). While they painted, I cut out stems and leaves for them to help me stick on once the "apples" dried.
While the painted "apples" dried, I read them Up, Up, Up! It's Apple Picking Time since we were going apple picking within the next few days. After the "apples" were complete, Nibbles looked at it and said something about the "hungry caterpillar" eating one apple. So we decided we should add a caterpillar to the "apples" as well. They were so proud of their "art" and wanted to show everyone they saw that afternoon.
This was a perfect craft prior to apple picking which we ended up doing the following day. Apple picking is a yearly family tradition that I did growing up and have continued with my twins since they were babies. This year was amazing because my boys are now at an age where they completely understand everything and therefore can really enjoy it. They had such blast. If you're from Toronto, I highly recommend Chudleigh's Apple Orchard. It's where my parents took me and my brothers every year and where I have and will continue to take my own kids. They have a huge petting zoo, tractors that the kids can sit in and pretend to drive, enormous slides surrounded by tons of hay that you slide into (so great for little ones as they can't get hurt) and a hay ride that takes you to the apple trees where you pick your own apples (and eat some along the way, of course). The also have a cafe where they make really good food for kids. Little Nibbles ate 2 adult sized orders of their mac and cheese and half of Fufu's grilled cheese and that was after taste testing numerous apples.