Glitter Apple Stamping

Glitter apple stamping is how we’re kicking off this series of the Virtual Book Club for kids. The Virtual Book Club is where a group of wonderful children’s websites come together to enjoy a new book each week and share a variety of fun activities that complement the book. You can find the full list of upcoming books here.

This week we are starting with a great children’s book, 10 Red Apples by Pat Hutchins. If you don’t already have the book you should be able to borrow it from your local library or you can get a copy of the board book version HERE from Amazon.

If you want to jump straight into the activity you can always watch this read a loud version of the book.

This is a great book to promote counting activities with toddlers  and after reading the book we went to the fruit store and bought 10 red apples, making sure to count them out as we went. If you are lucky enough to live close to an apple orchard this would be a great day out after reading the story.

apple painting to ten red apples book

Before we started out activity we re-read the book using our apples as props and taking one away each time. This was a great visual way to encourage the concept of numbers and counting. We kept the apples in a basket in our play kitchen for a few days and they were used in many pretend play scenarios!

We also matched up the number of apples to our 1-10 cards that we have.

After that we jumped straight into one of our favorite art activities – glitter apple stamping (ok, so we don’t always use glitter but my 3 year old is going through a phase at the moment where a craft can’t be complete until it’s had glitter on it so we’re embracing that!).

I’m sure most of you have done this before (if you haven’t you should!) and one of the reasons we love it is that it is simple to set up and easy enough for younger toddlers to do on their own. It can get messy but that’s part of the fun!

What you need for glitter apple stamping

What to do

Let them stamp! This activity doesn’t need much explanation. Dip the apples in the paint (I add the glitter to the paint first) and stamp away. There are a few ways that you can extend the play:

  • Experiment with color mixing – put out red, yellow, blue and white paint and experiment with the different colors you can make when you stamp them on top of each other
  • Count the apple stamps. Give you child a number and have them stamp that number of apples onto their paper.
  • Laminate their apple stamps and use them for future play. They are great to use when you re-read the book again.
  • If you’re using large sheets of paper or butcher’s paper, keep the finished painting and use it for wrapping paper. It will look great and people (grandparents especially) love kid made wrapping paper.

I encourage you to continue this week’s Virtual Book Club by trying some of these other great apple themed activities from the other Virtual Book Club co-hosts. Don’t forget to come back next Monday when we will be reading our next book Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt. You can get a copy HERE on Amazon.

More Apple Activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids co-hosts.

Apple Piece Names – Preschool Powol Packets
Sea of Knowledge – Apple Addition within 5 Dough Strips
Fingerprint Apple Counting Activity – Messy Little Monster 
Apple Math: Counting & Fractions Teach Beside Me
Red apple number bonds to 10 – Rainy Day Mum
Apple Tree Playdough – Clare’s Little Tots
Apple picking sticky wall – views from a Step stool
Baked Apples – Witty Hoots
Caramel Apple Pops-The Moments at Home
Apple Stack Game and Snack- Toddler Approved
Jumping Apple Seeds- JDaniel4’s Mom
Apple Theme STEM Activity for Preschoolers – The Educators’ Spin On It 
Glitter Apple Stamping – My Bored Toddler
Apple Tree Tracing Page
Apple writing pages for preschoolers – Kori at Home
Apple Farm Song with Movement – My Storytime Corner
Ten Red Apples: Number Words Activities- Growing Book by Book
Apple Tree Gross Motor Game – Inspiration Laboratories
Apple Sewing – CrArty Kids
Visual Perception Apple Activity – The OT Toolbox


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