I am always looking for easy crafts for kids. All you need for this craft is construction paper and glue! It is really easy to prepare and easy for little hands to create something beautiful. This activity was done with over a hundred 3-6 year olds, and every single child created a tree that they were proud of (and resembled a tree.) I love when activities are successful in this way.
To start, I cut up a bunch of construction paper in a variety of different colours and roughly 1 cm square. I also cut up brown rectangles for the tree trunk. Children had the choice of a variety of colours for the background. I always like to tie in literacy when I do an activity.
I did an example for kids on the board. I glued on my tree trunk and drew 5 branches coming out of the trunk. You can use as many branches as you want. I just find for little ones being specific helps – plus then they are counting as they draw!
We used glue sticks, so I showed everyone that it is easiest to put a long line of glue on the branch and then stick their pieces/balloons on versus gluing each square individually.
It is much faster this way and a lot less messy.
Once I modeled it, everyone got to work. Children were eager to create their tree and many kids even made a pattern with their squares.
In the end, I was thrilled with how well this activity went and that it was such an easy craft for kids that they all felt successful when making it. Some children even glued squares/balloons along the bottom of their tree and in the sky.
They were remembering the book as they created and wanted their balloons to be floating all over just like the book.