Let me be honest here. I’ve had this idea to do an apple stamping craft about Adam and Eve for kids for quite some time. But I’ve procrastinated on it because I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to design it and life can be busy. So I said, “I’ll do it in February!” Then lo and behold, my pastor is preaching through the book of Genesis and he hit Genesis chapter 3 this past Sunday.
Enter the serpent.
Adam and Eve for Kids
Adam and Eve changed the course of history because when the serpent tempted them and they disobeyed it created humanity’s need for Christ and we certainly want kids to understand that need. Apple stamping is a fun activity for kids to help them remember the story of Adam and Eve and how easily we can be lead astray with a lie.
Kids need to know that there is a real enemy out there but there’s also a real savior. It is easy to be deceived but we can fall back into the arms of a loving God through the work of Jesus Christ.
We can also study the Bible. The Bible is the word of God, it teaches us about his character and his promises. Knowing his word helps us to avoid deception and to walk in love.
Apple Stamping Craft
Once I got started on this design, it was fun and it turned out cute. I painted one myself to get the hang of it before letting the kids in on it and I have to admit, there’s something soothing about painting (at least for me) and watercolors are tres chic these days.
Sliced Small/Medium Sized Apple
Watercolors and paint brush
Red or Green Paint (finger paint or acrylic work fine)
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Use your watercolor paints to paint in the branches of leaves on the Adam and Eve template. Less water equals darker paint strokes and more water means lighter. It’s kind of fun to experiment with the color shades and brush strokes with water colors. Some more experienced with this craft might suggest allowing it to dry between colors. But I’m too impatient and don’t consider myself a professional water colorer.
For the apple, I’ve seen where some slice the apple to create a handle like you might find on a regular rubber stamp. You know, a replica of the wooden part that has the rubber part stuck to it. You might cut your apple to have it’s own handle. Or don’t. I don’t have a particularly good track record with knives. I have pictures to prove it but I’ll spare you those so you’ll just have to trust me.
Rather than dipping, I used a foam brush to apply the paint to my apple slice. For some reason I wanted to display the seeds in the middle of the apple even though the apple is technically still in the tree, so why would there be seeds showing? I don’t know. It seemed like a good idea at the time. If you prefer dipping, then I say, dip away.
Just use your apply slice to stamp the apple image onto your branch in any obvious position you deem worthy of applehood.
This activity could easily be followed by a lesson on the full armor of God or the gospel story of Jesus. I’m planning an armor of God craft but I’m again procrastinating on the design of it. I’m sure I’ll get there.
This post spurred up a lot of stuff for me about doubt and the Adam and Eve story. It was too much to post here and you’re probably here for a kids craft, not my personal commentary on Adam and Eve. But if you are interested in the commentary, I’ll be posting that next week! Until then…
How Is This Post True to My Mission
My mission is to encourage connection in a busy world, because I believe connection is the key to living a more meaningful and joy-filled life. This post seeks to help children connect to God. What better connection is there? We’re seeking to raise children to be disciples and to send them out as lights in a dark world.