Tree-themed crafts work well for a nature unit, Earth Day or as a general rainy day activity. You can adjust the look of the tree crafts to fit the time of year — brightly colored leaves for a fall tree, for example. Start crafting with these simple tree projects.
Hand Print Tree
This craft lets the kids get a little messy with paint. The hand and part of the arm becomes the trunk and branches of the tree. The child paints her hand and about 6 or 7 inches down her arm with brown paint. You need to work fast on this part or the paint will dry. Press the arm and hand down on a piece of paper with the fingers spread out.
Now the tree is ready for leaves. Your child’s fingerprints work well to make the leaves. For a summer tree, use green paint. For a fall tree, use red, orange and yellow. She can also dip her fingers in red to make apples or other colors to make other fruit on the trees.
The next tree craft option is a 3D tree. Start with a paper towel tube as the tree trunk. Let your child paint the tube to look like a tree trunk. Next use brown pipe cleaners as the branches. Poke holes along the top of the tube to hold the branches. Add other branches from the main branches. You can then add leaves. Cut out small leaves from paper and glue them to the branches.
Torn Paper Tree
This craft works on fine motor skills. The kids tear up small bits of brown and green paper. They glue the brown pieces to a large piece of paper to create the tree trunk and branches. They then glue on the green pieces of paper to make leaves. Add any other details, such as flowers or fruit, with other colored paper.
Your child will grow into a brilliant artist with tree crafts. Encourage her creative side as she puts her own stamp on the tree artwork.