Autumn crafts are a great way to get kids excited about the change in season and I love apple crafts for kids as it helps to get them excited about healthy food too! These apple suncatchers are a great cutting activity for preschoolers – I made these with my daughter who was three at the time and they’re great for kids to be able to display their artwork afterwards too.
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Easy To Make Suncatchers
These suncatchers will take a little bit of preparation from you but I found that it was definitely worth it for the enjoyment my daughter got and they’re a great craft for displaying as well.
Making this craft also encouraged a little chat with my daughter about why we were using both red and green cellophane for our apples, so I told her that was because apples could be both colours and popped out to get some apples from the garden to prove this.
Of course she then pointed out that our apples were more of a yellow colour so we’ll have to include that next time too!
When you are making these suncatchers it doesn’t matter at all if the cellophane goes elsewhere as you can cut the apple out later. As well as laying the cellophane on flat my daughter also enjoyed scrunching bits up to put in her apple suncatcher.
Should You Use Tissue Paper or Cellophane for Suncatcher Crafts?
For all the suncatcher crafts I’ve made with my kids we’ve used coloured cellophane* rather than tissue paper.
We use cellophane because it’s really easy for kids to cut and the colours are really bright too.
Of course you can use whichever you have and whichever you’d prefer.
Tissue paper or cellophane, your child’s suncatcher will look great!
Cutting Activities for Preschoolers
Using scissors is something that all preschoolers need to learn but I found it much easier to do this in a fun way with my kids through crafts rather than using worksheets.
Another simple cutting activity I did with my kids was these paper bag haircuts which we made when my daughter was three and my son was six.
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How To Make a Suncatcher with Kids: Video Tutorial
I know that for me sometimes I find it a bit easier to work out how to see something if I’ve seen a video for it first and although I haven’t made a video specifically for this craft there is one for our pumpkin suncatchers which follow exactly the same principle. I’ve linked it to this page so you should be able to see it!
Apple Suncatcher Craft
- Washi tape
- Sticky back plastic (contact paper)
- Coloured card green and / or red
- Coloured cellophane
- Start by cutting out the shape of the apple and the leaves from card, depending on the age of your child they can do some of the cutting too.
- Once you have your shapes ready tape your sticky back plastic onto your table sticky side up, I use washi tape to do this.
- Place your apple shape and leaves onto the sticky back plastic.
- Cut shapes out of the cellophane.
- Stick the cellophane shapes onto the sticky back plastic to make a stained glass effect in the middle of your suncatcher.
- Once you have finished using your cellophane put another layer of sticky back plastic on top to seal it and cut the apple shape out.
- To display it in your window you can use a needle and thread so that you can hang it or make a little circle of selotape so you can stick it directly on to your window.
More Apple Crafts for Kids
My kids made these paper plate apples, they’re super simple and were really popular here too.
I made this pom pom apple tree with my daughter when she was a toddler, it’s a great way for kids to practice their fine motor skills too.
Obviously this is an activity that requires supervision but if you have a balloon left over from a kids party bag or something (I always seem to find them?!) then this balloon printed apple craft is certainly a different kind of printing technique!