Apple Stamping Pumpkin Craft for toddlers and preschoolers to promote fine motor control while enjoying the process art – free Apple Jack O’Lantern Face Template.
This apple printing, stamping pumpkin craft is a fun harvest-time activity for children of all ages! Whether you enjoy all the fun awesome autumn brings, like hay rides and pumpkin picking, bring the fall indoors with this easy apple stamp pumpkin craft for toddlers and preschoolers.
Little ones will love making these not-so-scary googly eyes pumpkins. Besides, these apple print pumpkins are a fun and creative way to celebrate the autumn season.
Most importantly, if you do not have an apple or wish not to use it, I have a free Apple Jack O’Lantern Face Template printable for you to cut out, color, and decorate. So, let’s get crafting, as this simple art project will keep your kids creatively engaged while they are strengthening their fine motor skills.
You’ll Need for Apple Stamping Pumpkin Craft
- an apple
- a knife
- orange acrylic paint
- white card stock
- construction paper or colored card stock
- a glue stick
- green, brown, and black markers
- googly eyes
- *dot markers for younger ones
Instructions | Apple Stamping Pumpkin Craft
- Prepare the apple stamp by cutting an apple in half. (Adult supervision and help are required.)
- Either dip or paint the apple half by applying a thick coating of orange paint onto the apple with a paintbrush.
- Stamp the painted apple half by pressing firmly onto the paper or fabric.
- Carefully lift the apple back up so that you do not push the paint to either side as you pick it up.
- Repeat for as many jack-o’lanterns as you wish to make.
- While the paint is still wet, place googly eyes.
- Alternatively, let dry completely and draw faces on the pumpkins (or use a printable template for Jack O’Lantern faces).
- Use a green or brown marker to draw the stems on the pumpkins.
- Once done, cut out the layer of the apple that had paint on it, and have a snack!
Apple Pumpkin Printing Kids Craft FREE Apple Jack O’Lantern Template
Either download, cut, color, and glue the template faces on, use cut-outs from black construction paper, or draw on different jack-o’lantern faces with a black marker.
Watch below the video tutorial to see how easy this Apple Stamping Pumpkin Craft is for kids.
Apple Stamping Pumpkin Craft
We had so much fun making this not-so-scray jack o’lantern craft project. This simple process art is easy and fun Halloween craft for young children.
Free Apple Jack O’Lantern Face Template
If you do not have any apples or wish not to use food in the art-making process, you can skip this step.
Instead, I have included an apple-shaped template as the free download. Print it out on white paper and let your child decorate to make their pumpkin. For smaller children offer, dot markers.
Leave a comment if you tried making Apple Stamping Pumpkin Crafts!
Pumpkin Crafts For Preschoolers | Fine Motor Skills
Autumn crafts are not only fun but are also educational, as they promote many essential skills. Besides offering an opportunity to work on essential developmental skills, kids are having fun while strengthening the small muscles of their hands during this creative process.
Fine motor skills are one of the most valuable skills children can develop, and they involve using the small muscles of the hands, as well as fingers and a wrist.
When children develop these small hand muscles, they can do essential everyday tasks such as zipping, buttoning, drawing, and later writing.
This fun apple stamping pumpkin craft allows children to promote and refine those skills in the following ways.
First, using the paintbrush to paint an apple half or on a small pumpkin’s stem requires focus and concentration.
Secondly, stamping requires hand-eye coordination, as a child must firmly hold an apple firmly and lift it without smearing it.
Lastly, a child can practice cutting the jack-o’lantern facial expressions, further advancing motor skills.
All of these activities require various degrees of fine motor skill mastery, and practicing them will benefit preschoolers and kindergartners in their academic and personal life.