July 20, 2006

Craft Idea
Apple Prints
I know I said I wasn't going to post today but my niece and I had such fun with our craft project today I thought I would share! You need one shiny red apple, a knife for YOU to cut with, red paint, paper, and one or two sweet little children!! Begin by telling this story:

The Little Red House With No Door And No Windows And A Star Inside!

Once upon a time there was a little boy who was tired of playing with his toys and tired of his books and puzzles. "What shall I do?" he asked his mother. His mother, who always knew fun things for little boys to do said, "Why not go and find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside."

This really made the little boy wonder. Usually his mother had good ideas, but he thought that this one was very strange. "Which way shall I go? I don't know where to find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside." "Go down the lane past the farmer's house and over the hill," said his mother, "and then hurry back as soon as you can and tell me all about your journey."

So the little boy put on his hat and his jacket and started out. He had not gone very far down the lane when he came to a merry little girl dancing along in the sunshine. Her cheeks were like pink blossom petals and she was singing like a robin. "Do you know where I shall find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?" asked the little boy. The little girl laughed. "Ask my father the farmer," she said."Perhaps he knows."

So the little boy went on until he came to the great brown barn where the farmer kept barrels of fat potatoes and baskets of yellow squash and golden pumpkins. The farmer himself stood in the doorway looking out over the green pastures and yellow grain fields. "Do you know where I can find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?" asked the little boy. The farmer laughed too. "I've lived a great many years and I never saw one." "You should go ask Granny who lives at the foot of the hill . . .She knows how to make homemade cookies, taffy , cake and even red mittens!" "Perhaps she can tell you."

So the little boy went on farther still until he came to the granny sitting in her rocker on her front porch. She had lots of wrinkles and a big smile on her sweet face. "Please, dear granny,"said the little boy, "where shall I find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?" The granny was knitting a red mitten and when she heard the little boy's question, she laughed so cheerily that the wool ball rolled out of her lap and down to the little stone path. "I should like to find that little house myself," she chuckled. "It would be warm when the frosty night comes and the starlight would be much prettier than a candle. But asks the wind who blows about so much and listens at all the chimneys. Perhaps the wind can tell you."

So the little boy took off his cap politely to the granny and went on up the hill rather sadly. He wondered if his mother, who usually knew almost everything, had perhaps made a mistake. The wind was coming down the hill as the little boy climbed up. As they met, the wind turned about and went along, singing beside the little boy. It whistled in his ear, and pushed him along and dropped a pretty leaf into his hands. "I wonder," thought the little boy, after they had gone along together for awhile, "if the wind COULD help me find a little red house with no doors, and no windows and a star inside." The wind cannot speak in our words, but it went singing ahead of the little boy until it came to an apple orchard. There is climbed up in an apple tree and shook the branches. When the little boy caught up, there, at his feet, lay a big red APPLE!! The little boy picked up the apple. It was as much as his two hands could hold. It was as red as the sun had been able to paint it, and it had no doors and no windows. WAS THERE A STAR INSIDE???

The little boy called to the wind, "Thank you," and the wind whistled back, "you're welcome." The little boy hurried back down the lane with the big, red apple in his hand. When he reached his house the little boy gave the apple to his mother. He mother said, "you HAVE found a house with no doors and no windows but where is the STAR?" (AT THIS POINT, START CUTTING AN APPLE CROSSWISE) and cut the apple through the center. Oh, how wonderful! There inside the apple, lay a star holding five brown seeds. "It is too wonderful to eat without looking at the star, isn't it." the little boy said to his mother. "Yes, indeed," answered his mother. And the little boy had a big grin on his face because he HAD found a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside!!
story by: Carolina Sherwin Bailey

To make the apple print all you have to do is paint the center of the apple after it has been cut and press down firmly on a piece of white paper. The star will show up beautifully! After that you can "sample" the other half of the apple!

Way up high in the apple tree

Two little apples smiled at me

I shook that tree as hard as I could

And down fell the apples and "Mmm" they were good!

1 comment:

Terri said...

Oh, Susan, I love this! Even though my youngest is 13, I know she and I would love to do this. I love the story and the little poem at the end- very sweet! Thanks for the idea.