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 TREE ART


EVERGREEN BRANCHES
Set out some green paint a paint brush and some large sheets of paper.

One at a time have children come up and put on a paint shirt.

Then have them paint a hand green and press it on a piece of paper.

Have the child continue painting hand prints across their paper, overlapping the prints to create an evergreen branch.

When their paintings are dry, give your children some small colorful paper circles to glue onto their evergreen branches for tree bulbs.

Extension:  When the tree bulbs are dry, let your children smear glue on each bulb and sprinkle on some glitter.
 

EVERGREEN TREES
You will need some heavy green paper and some small safe scissors for this activity.

Cut the green paper into 6” x 9” rectangles.

Fold the rectangles in half lengthwise.

Then cut across each rectangle (left bottom to right top) to create a triangle.

Give each child a paper triangle.

Have children keep their triangle folded then fringe the unfolded side, cutting from the outside edge towards the center fold (at an angle upward).

Have the children open their triangles and bend the cut “branches” out a bit, then stand up their trees.

Extension:  Let your children spatter-paint white snow onto their trees.

Extension:  Have your children glue their trees onto sheets of construction paper or pin them onto a group bulletin board.

Extension:  Wrap bottom branches towards the back and tape them together to create a finger hole, to create a tree finger puppet.  Add a smiley face on the front of the tree puppet.

 
SACK TREE

Here is a great idea sent in by Sara Bishop from Otterbein, IN.
Tear or cut out large pieces of brown paper sacks.
Then, crumple the pieces and staple them on a bulletin board in the shape of a tree.
Note: You could also cut long paper strips for the branches and twist them if you like.
 
Sara says, “The best part of the tree is that you can use it all year long”
For Fall - make paper leaves decorated with glitter or water colors.
For Winter – add snowflakes and snow.
For Spring – create tissue paper blossoms.
For Summer – decorate with beautiful green leaves.
Note: Check out “The Surprise Tree” at the Story Station for more tree fun.
 
INDIVIDUAL PAPER SACK TREES.
These trees are great for older children, four and up to make.
Give each child a brown lunch sack and some scrap sheets of paper.
Have the children crumble up two or three sheets of paper and stuff it in the bottom of their sacks.
Then have them cut down about four inches, all the way around their sacks about one to two inches apart.
Then, have them carefully twist each strip into an interesting branch.
Help children twist the sack in the middle to close it up.
Branches can be decorated with small leaves or blossoms glued on.
 
HAND AND ARM PRINT TREES
Let your children paint their hand and arm with brown paint.
Then have them make a print on a piece of white or light blue paper.