To B’Shevat Kids’ Crafts, Create Artsy Trees
You may have just celebrated the New Year, but now it’s time to celebrate the “New Year for Trees.” The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat is a time to appreciate what nature has to offer along with celebrating new beginnings. If you’re looking for a kid-friendly way to mark this day, take a look at these creative tree-themed crafts for children.
Pipe Cleaner Tree
This an easy art activity for kids of all ages. If you have a younger child (preschooler and under) wrap the ends of the pipe cleaners with tape to make them smoother (instead of sharper). Wrap a few brown pipe cleaners together to create a trunk. Add green pipe cleaners to the top as leaves. Your child can use other colors to represent other seasons, such as red, yellow and orange for fall leaves.
Help your child to build fine motor skills while getting artsy. Use soft modeling clay to sculpt a tree. Your child can add textures, such as the trunk’s bark, with the edge of a craft stick or a plastic fork.
Roll out a mega-sized sheet of butcher paper or plain gift wrap. Your child can draw a tall tree using markers or crayons. Color the tree in with tempera paint or collage pieces of construction paper onto it.