With the start of the school year, I have been trying to think of the best back to school craft for kids at home as well as in the classroom. Kids apple crafts always come to mind at this time of year, because of the “apple for the teacher” as well as because apples have such a strong association with the autumn months.
As many of you know, I am also very into eco-friendly crafts; I love to reduce, reuse and recycle. Quite by accident, I discovered that the bottoms of plastic drink bottles come together to form what looks remarkably like an apple shape. By varying the size of the bottle bottoms, you can make bigger or smaller kids apple crafts to use as boxes for all sorts of things.
Cut off the bottoms of two drink bottles. (You will have to do this for the children, as it requires sharp scissors or a knife.) Have children fill one of the bottle bottoms with whatever they like – red colored treats, little notes, small toys, or anything else they can think of. They can also crumple up some red fabric or red tissue paper inside the apple crafts for kids, which makes them a bit more decorative and also adds an element of surprise for the recipient.
Punch two holes in each bottle bottom. Now have your child close the “apple” by sliding the second bottle bottom on top of the first. He or she can add a stem and leaves made of craft foam and/or felt for decoration. By threading ribbon through the holes and tying a bow, you can secure the lid onto each of the kids apple crafts. Finally, have your child add a note with the recipient’s name or a sweet message.
This “apple for the teacher” back to school craft for kids is perfect for children to present to their teachers during the first week of school – or any time, really. Apples are also one of the symbols of the Jewish New Year, so this also makes a great Rosh Hashana craft for any Jewish friends or teachers in your kids’ lives!
Whether or not your family celebrates Rosh Hashana, welcome back to school and have a sweet year!