Hand print/Fingerprint Trees:Look carefully and you will see a special secret hiding in this tree. Yes, your child's hand has formed the trunk and their fingerprints are falling leaves!
- Large piece of paper
- Paints in fall colours - brown, red, orange, yellow, green
- Paper Towels
- Green paper - optional
- Scissors - optional
- Glue - optional
- Dip their hand in brown paint and place a hand print in the middle of the page with fingers open.
- Dip their fingers back in the brown paint and use them to draw the trunk of the tree.
- Now let their imaginations go wild as they dip their fingers in the other colours and make fingerprint leaves.
- Optional : Have them cut a strip of green paper the same width as your large piece. Have them cut into the paper every 1 cm to create grass. Glue to the bottom of the page.
Recycled Trees:These are simple to make and everything except the original piece of paper and the water colours came out of the recycle bin.
- Large piece of paper
- Paint - blue and green
- Paint brush
- Scraps of brown paper
- Scraps of tissue paper - greens, yellows, reds
- Old coloured plastic bags
- Paint the background of the picture. Paint the top 1/2 blue and the bottom half green. Allow to dry.
- Cut out some tree trunks from the scraps of brown paper. Glue them to the background.
- Using different materials, create tree tops and attach them to the trees.
Melting Crayon Trees:
You may have seen these melted crayon canvases popping up on the Internet. Instead of just a blank canvas, why not paint a scene first. You could even choose your crayon colours based on the season you want to represent with your tree.
- Art canvas (usually found at dollar stores)
- Large box of crayons
- Paint (black)
- Paint brushes
- Hair dryer
- Glue the crayons, tips facing down) onto the top of your canvas in a straight line. Allow to dry.
- Using the black paint, create your tree to fill the remaining space on the canvas. Allow to dry.
- Using a hair dryer, aim the heat at the crayons so that they begin to melt.
- Stop when you have achieved the look you like.
Pop Art Trees:This is a great project for those younger kids because it doesn't take a lot of skill but they will be impressed (and so will you) with the results.
- White paper
- Black marker
- Photocopied picture of a tree (either you or the child can draw it)
- Paint in various colours (minimum 4 colours)
- Paint brush
- Black paper for matting (slightly larger than the white paper)
- Divide the white paper evenly into 4 sections.
- Paint each section a different colour. Allow to dry.
- Paint 4 trees in 4 different colours. Allow to dry.
- Cut out each tree.
- Glue a tree in each of the 4 quadrants you painted. Make sure to glue trees that are a different colour than the background.
- Paste your paper onto the black matting paper to make it pop even more.
NOTE: No access to a photocopier? No worries. Draw the same tree 4 times or draw 4 different trees, it will still POP!
Kandinsky-esk Trees:Colour and creativity abound with these trees inspired by Kandinsky.
- Large piece of white paper
- Smaller pieces of white paper
- Old magazines
- Paint - black and green
- Pastels, paints or markers
- Tear up pieces of your old magazines and glue them on the large piece of white paper. Cover the entire surface. Allow to dry.
- Paint an abstract tree using black paint on the background. Use the green to paint grass. Allow to dry.
- While that is drying, create concentric circles on the smaller pieces of white paper and colour them various colours using either pastels, paints or markers.
- Cut out your concentric circles.
- Glue the circles onto the background.