By The Little Mulberry Project
Letter crafts are a great way for little ones to start learning the alphabet. Getting hands-on and tactile with letters reinforces the learning process in a fun and imaginative way.
The lacing skills used to create this little stuffed apple are great for little ones’ fine motor skills – improving hand-eye coordination and dexterity and practicing their pincher grip needed for writing. It also teaches patience and attention to detail.
This is a simple fun craft that can be used for various shapes (basic shapes like squares, triangles and hearts, as well as letter shapes themselves or fruit/flowers for spring, pumpkin for Halloween, etc.), and can be made from various materials – even a brown paper bag painted and stuffed with newspaper or bubble wrap stuffed with cotton wool. So get creative!
- Red and green sheets of felt
- Wool (or string or twine)
- Large craft (plastic) needle
- Stuffing fabric (wool, fabric scraps or cotton wool, etc.)
- Hole punch
- Trace and cut outline shape of apple from two red sheets of felt.
- Trace and cut outline shape of apple leaf and stalk from green sheet of felt.
- Secure the front and back of the felt apple together with a paperclip and punch holes around the outside of the apple shape. Punch hole in the bottom of apple stalk shape.
- Thread wool through craft needle (or even tape to short wooden skewer) and lace through top middle hole in apple shape then tie to secure.
- Let little hands lace wool through the holes around the apple shape leaving open at the top to fit stuffing.
- Get stuffing!
- Once apple shape is stuffed, finish lacing holes along the top and secure apple stalk and leaf shape to last hole in top middle, then tie off to secure.
- Cut out uppercase and lowercase A’s from the remaining felt and let little one glue to the front of the apple.
- Get searching for all the other A’s you and your little one can find around the house and outside!
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