Painting apples

This week, we painted apples. For no other reason than – we were out walking in a local orchard, my daughter found a few slightly manky apples on the ground, and asked if we could paint them.

Who am I to argue with a 3 year old?

We don’t do painting too often, as it takes so long to set up, protect the dining table, get all the paints ready, etc. We tend to stick to creative activities that cause less mess, like using chalk or paint sticks. But when she’s really excited about something, I try not to quash that, so painting it was!

This time, we stuck to just three colours of paint – and coincidentally, my daughter chose the primary colours, red, blue and yellow!

I don’t really know why she fancied painting the apples – I suppose it was just a bit of a novelty to paint on something other than paper! Back in October, we painted pumpkins for Halloween (much easier with a then-2 year old than carving!), so perhaps that’s where she got the idea from.

I did ask whether she wanted to cut the apples in half and do some printing with them, but she didn’t fancy it this time. That’s definitely something I’d like to do in the future, especially since she loves looking at the star shape you get when you cut through the core of an apple!

After she’d finished painting her apples, we had a really interesting chat about how we can mix the three colours we had to make the secondary colours, orange, green and purple. I showed her how to make each colour, mixing them straight on the piece of cardboard I’d used to cover the dining table. She found it fascinating, and was so excited to guess what colour we’d end up with each time!

To paint apples, you will need:

  • a few slightly manky apples (or other fruit or veg – make sure it’s not something you’d eat, as wasting food is never a good idea)
  • various colours of paint
  • paintbrushes
  • a paint palette
  • protection for your table / child’s clothes

You could extend this activity by:

  • getting your child to help you mix up the different secondary colours
  • cutting the apples in half to make prints
  • using other old fruits and vegetables of different sizes and shapes
  • turning your painted apples into little apple monsters – sticking on googly eyes, pipe cleaner legs, etc.

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