Autumn Make – Apple Shrunken Heads!

I first made these a couple of years ago and they were a HUGE hit with the children. There is lots of opportunity for talk as well as observing how the apples change in size and colour.


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The process of the initial making and then the ensuing decay is fascinating. Not to mention the end results. I love them!

They are dead easy to make (excuse the pun)!


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You need

  • Apples (any sort will do)
  • Apple peeler
  • Play dough utenstils
  • Blunt wooden skewers or sticks
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  • Water (optional)

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My boys loved making them. I obviously don’t condone the drinking of wine whilst working with children (unless they are your own and you are in your own home)!

What to do

  • Peel your apples
  • Use your dough utensils to dig out eyes, nose and mouth hole.
  • The great thing is, that because they shrink down quite considerably, you don’t need to be particularly artistic or accurate. The more random the better.
  • If you want your head to have teeth, then stick them in now. You can experiment with the sorts of things that you use. I used black and white rice and dried star anise.
  • If you don’t want to risk your apples  going  mouldy then dip them in a solution of lemon juice and water. I didn’t ‘dip’ as I thought a bit of mould might add to the interest. As it was, mine didn’t go mouldy, but I got some lovely brown ‘ooze’


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  • Once you have finished sculpting and dipping then stick your shrunken head on a skewer or stick and leave to shrink.

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Depending on the temperature, airflow and the size of your apples it can take up to two weeks before they are ready.


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TIP: Don’t let your shrunken heads touch while they are shrinking , this encourages more of a mushy head than a shrunken one!

Once they are done, let your imagination run wild! 

If you make any then please send me a picture and I will share them.

Have fun shrinking…

Alistair

Filed under: Child Initiated Learning, Creativity, Talk

3 Comments

  1. I am going to do this!! Think it might freak out some of my more sensitive souls. I read Funnybones to them the other day- they were petrified! Sorry, I’ve been in key stage 1 too long!!

    • Make sure you share the photos!

  2. Love this idea


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