Whether you’re planning a trip to the orchard for apple picking or might like a new book bag, this apple stamp project is the perfect Fall activity for kids with visual impairments or any sight level! Try incorporating it into your apple-themed lesson plans or as an accessible arts-&-crafts project. Kids will enjoy using foods to create something special for their very own. Make one before an apple picking field trip so it has time to dry, or encourage a love for reading by sending braille books back and forth between home and school. Whatever you choose to do with the finished product, get creative and have some fun in the process!
*Canvas Bags for decorating
*Apples cut in halves
*Fabric Paints in a variety of Fall colors for the apples
*Puffy Tactile Paint in Black or Brown to make the apple stems
*Studs or Rhinestones for Braille Dots (for spelling the child’s name on the bag)
*Fabric Glue for adhering the dots
*Cardboard or Posterboard to place inside the bag before painting so paint doesn’t transfer to the other side
*Plates to dip apples in paint
First, place the pieces of cardboard with each child’s name on it for identifying whose is whose in each bag so it catches any paint leaking through the canvas, and layout at each child’s place at the table. Then squirt enough paint onto individual plates for the kids to dip their apple halves in, providing some extra plates if anyone wants to get creative and mix colors. Accessibility Hint: You could add braille labels or textures to each plate to distinguish between colors for kids who are blind.
Next, place an apple half or two on each plate of paint. Accessibility Hint: Cut a wedge for a handle in the top of the apple half to enable students to get a better grip for holding!
Now, it’s time to paint! Encourage kids to be creative, allowing them to create exactly what they want, whether it’s one apple in the center of the bag or a million prints all over it! If they ask for help, provide them with what they need but be sure to let them stay in charge of their project. (Madilyn asked for help placing the prints all around the bag. She chose the apple half, dipped it in the paint, and I merely directed her hand around while describing where we were on the canvas.)
When finished, allow the child to use the puffy paints to add stems or leaves if they choose. Accessibility Hint: Children with visual impairments may assistance completing this step using hand-over/under-hand guidance techniques. Place the bags somewhere out of reach to dry completely. Most paints take 24-48 hours.
If desired, add each child’s name in Braille and/or print to the bag using rhinestones, studs or other tactile craft pieces, or paint. Allow to dry completely again.
Finally, the bags are ready to be used! Have fun! We’d love for you to share your pics with us here, or on Facebook and Twitter!
If you enjoyed this activity, be sure to pin the image below!
*Braille Color Labels from the Sensory Sun Resource Center
**Apple Grip Hack on Pinterest from Teaching 2 & 3 Year Olds
***Hand-Over/Under-Hand Techniques Information from the American Foundation for the Blind