How To Make a Crafty Tree for Arbor Day
How can you celebrate Arbor Day with your child? Even though planting a tree is the most obvious answer, it isn’t always possible. Whether you don’t have space in your yard to plant a tree, don’t have a way to get a sapling right now or the early spring weather is still too chilly (in your area) to plant, you can still mark this special day. Instead of an in-real-life tree, pretend plant an artsy alternative. This kids’ art activity helps your little learner to better understand the day, encourages creativity and can even help them to build fine motor skills.
Arts and Crafts Materials You’ll Need
- Cardboard- upcyle an old carboard box
- Markers or crayons
- Tempera paints
- A paintbrush
- Green tissue paper
- Cleary-drying school glue
How-To Art-Making Steps
- Draw a tree shape onto the cardboard. If your child finds this a challenge, break down the tree into two shapes—a long, thin rectangle for the trunk and a circle on top for the leaf area.
- Paint the tree with brown and green temperas.
- Add textured leaves. Cut or tear green tissue into squares, rectangles or smaller shapes. Crumple the tissue and glue it to the top of the tree.
After the paint and glue completely dries your child can cut the tree shape out. Hang the tree in your home as an Arbor Day display!