Balloon Print Apples

Lola LOVES fruit, and when I asked her what she would like to learn more about during this time at home, the first thing she said was, “apples!” We painted our own apples using an unusual paintbrush: a balloon!


  • Small, round balloons
  • Balloon pump (optional, but makes blowing up small balloons much easier!)
  • Paper plate or paint palette
  • Paint (we used red, then mixed yellow and green to make a more apple-y shade of green)
  • Paper (white for printing on, green for leaves)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick (not shown because I forgot until the last minute!)
  • Brown marker/crayon/colored pencil


  • Prep your paint by pouring some onto a paper plate or another surface that can be used as your paint palette. Mix paints together to achieve your perfect shade!
  • Blow up your balloons just enough so they will fit in your hand and tie them off. You may want to have a balloon for each color you are using.
  • Press the balloon firmly in the paint, then press it firmly on your paper to make a round paint spot.
  • Decorate each apple by cutting out and gluing on a paper leaf and drawing on a stem. You can also customize them however you want! Maybe arrange them on a tree, or draw a worm crawling out of one. What you create is up to you!
  • If you do complete the craft, I’d love to see it! You can email me a picture at!

Recommended Reading:

You can learn more about apples by checking out one of these books available through our eCommunity!

  • Life on an Apple Orchard by Judy Wolfman, available on Hoopla
  • Apples by Gail Gibbons, available on Hoopla

Extension Activity:

For another fun sensory activity, we plan on trying out this apple cinnamon playdoh as soon as we can get more cinnamon. I bet it smells amazing!