I was at our local dollar store over the weekend and noticed that they had solid-colored placemats on sale. I immediately thought of having the Montessori students make harvest placemats by painting with apples.
Autumn Activities in the Montessori Classroom: Apple Print Placemats
What You Need:
- Apple (or onions or celery)
- Kitchen knife
- Fabric paint
- Aluminum pie pans
- Paint brush
- Paper towels
- Scrap paper
- Pre-washed solid-colored placemats or tea towels (muslin type)
- Cut an apple in half (either lengthwise or by width). Since you are making stamps, be sure that the cut surfaces are as level as possible.
- Place the slices cut side down on a paper towel to draw out any excess moisture.
- Squeeze some fabric paint into a pie pan and dip the cut side of the apple into the paint. (Alternately, you may use a paint brush to spread the paint on the apple.
- Using a piece of scrap paper, practice stamping with the apple. (If the paint is too thick, you may dilute it with a little water).
- When you are feeling confident with your technique, you may stamp directly on the placemats or towels. Let the finished designs dry flat.
- To wash up, refer to the paint manufacturers directions.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, September 24, 2008.