*Letter L > L
is for Leaf
*Letter T > T
is for Tree
> Seasonal colors
Crafts > Dress
up a Tree for a Season
Holidays and events >
*April 22nd > Earth
*April > Arbor Day - last Friday
*June 5th > World Environment Day
Plants > Trees
Seasons > adapt to a
activity is to focus attention on one season of the year by using
a tree related activity. Many methods and materials
will be suggested for the craft. Ideally we would want to do
a nature walk and collecting the materials. Practice letter recognition
L is for Leaf or T
is for Tree.
books from the library related to trees and seasons to explore.
Activity 1: Learn about the seasons with trees (online)
Tell child that today you will dress up a tree for a season of the
year. Visit this related online activity: Seasons: Learn
about the seasons with trees
Activity 2: Dress up a Tree for a Season Craft
*Nature Walk and Collecting Nature Materials: Go outside and gather some
green leaves (for spring and summer) or autumn color leave, nature materials
such as acorns, small pine cones, pine needles. Discuss that
these are going to be materials to make a beautiful tree
craft. Before gluing the leaves carefully look at the leaves and look at
the veins in the front and back. Discuss how the leaves
receive their food through those veins. Discuss that acorns and
pine cones are seeds from which a tree grows.
the tree trunk template in your choice of color or black &
white format, color, cut out and glue over piece of construction
paper (light blue is great for an instant blue sky background).
Use nature materials to decorate the trunk and the trees
Paper Product Recycling Theme Method: Use scraps of green construction paper, wrapping
paper, felt or tissue paper, any discarded paper products (junk
mail). Discuss the importance of recycling and how we
will be using recyclables to make a beautiful craft. Shaper scissors are great to
achieve easy leaves with different edges. A combination of different types of
paper or textiles is interesting and will provide different textures to
Printing Templates Method - Reuse Paper Products:
Whenever possible try to print templates behind the blank/clean
side of junk mail or similar discarded paper. Show the
children how the other side is printed and was used for spreading
information, and we will now reuse it and print on the
clean side to make the pieces for the craft. Explain that
to reuse the paper is an important way to use less
trees. Paper is a product that is derived from trees.
Trees are important to because they help keep air clean, they help
protect water resources, and are the homes and food source for
many animals. Refer to the materials column to print leaves
(small and large version) in color or black and white.
Alphabet Letter T Tree practice: Reinforce letter T
letter recognition - T is for Tree and Trunk.
Suggestion: Write letter T inside the Tree Trunk
template with dots, children can help connect the dots, and decide
on a title for the finished craft with the word tree and
write somewhere on the craft.
*Hand print and fingerprint fruits Tree version: Another method is to do green
or fall colors handprints (painted
or cut-outs) or fingerprints around the tree trunk or for quicker activity
use this coloring
page for fall season theme and make painted hand or finger
print leaves or make the
handprints separately and cut out when dry, then glue around the
tree. Address fruit trees by adding finger prints for apples,
cherries, oranges, plums, etc.
*Tree Bark Imprints: Take a piece of paper outside,
or the black and white leaf template. Hold the paper against
the trunk of a tree - discuss which type of tree it is. Take
green or fall color crayons and the child rubs the crayons gently
over the paper. This method will leave an imprint of the
tree bark with interesting designs. Cut out leaves and
decorate the trunk.
* Depending on the age of child,
adult may need to cut help cut out leaves.
For younger children - 2 to
3: * Place some drops of glue in different branches,
the sky (if using light blue paper for background) and encourage
child to add the leaves, grass and cotton balls for the puffy
For 3 - 6 year olds:
They can apply drops of glue or use a glue stick and put leaves
and cotton on their own.
Add other elements to make a landscape:
Stickers are an easy and fun way to enhance the activity
- birds, insects, flowers. Use green scraps to
add grass. Cut out a yellow sun and cotton balls or sanitary
tissue paper for puffy clouds.
Older children can draw an image of themselves in the scene or
add photocopy of a family picture or their pet.
Discuss that the color green is one
of the first signs of the Spring season. Talk about other
things that happen in the Spring season: flowers bloom, plants
grow, the trees grow back their leaves, many baby animals are
born, etc. Do the same discussion for the other seasons.
Activity #4: Alphabet Activities > Letter is for Tree (and
Trunk) or Letter
L is for Leaf (leaves)
Tr Blend - (Advanced K or 1 level): Optional - You may also
focus on practicing the Tr blend consonant after children
are acquainted and comfortable with beginning T sound - Have the
children repeat these words with you - trunk, truck,
trumpet, trampoline, triangle, travel
Visit related activities in the activities column related to
learning about trees
and the community helper: the
Print this tree trunk
in your choice - color or black & white format or for a quick
decorated fall tree use:
Leafless autumn tree coloring page
*Print your choice *Smaller Leaves Variety black
and white leaves template
*Larger Maple Leaves (black
& white or fall
colors) for toddlers or younger preschoolers
Print black and white version directly on green or fall colors construction paper or have
the children paint or color them..
Cotton balls (to create puffy clouds)
Scraps of green paper or textiles