To make this project, you will need:
– white paper
– black marker
– brown crayon
(1) Using a black marker, draw three trees on a plain white sheet of paper.
(2) At the bottom of the page, write the words, “Fall is ____.” Make the blank line long enough for writing one or more adjectives your little one would like to use to describe the season.
(3) Assist him/her in ripping up small pieces of the four colours and separating them into piles: one pile each for red, yellow, orange, and green. Having separate piles of ‘leaves’ for each colour makes it easier when it’s time to glue.
(4) Have him/her colour the tree trunks with the brown crayon.
(5) Working on the trees one at a time, you may help him/her fill in the first tree with dots or lines of glue. Getting all the glue down first will help your little artist focus on arranging the coloured paper on the tree.
(6) Start placing the pieces of one colour on the first tree, adding a few green pieces in between.
(7) When the first tree is finished, repeat steps (5) and (6) with the remaining two trees using the other colours.
(8) Once all the trees are covered, help him/her fill in the blank at the bottom by thinking of a word or two to describe the Fall season.
Your finished project will look something like this one that my daughter made below:
This simple project can be a source of many subjects for you to explain and discuss with your little one. For example:
As an Art lesson, you could introduce primary and secondary colours (“Red and Yellow make Orange.”)
For Math, the trees could help illustrate addition/subtraction (“We’ve covered one tree, how many more are left to cover?”)
Science would have a lot to say on this project, and you could simply look up “why leaves change colour” on the internet.
As for Language, introduce adjectives and encourage as many acceptable words to describe Fall that he/she could come up with.
Read-alouds are a favourite with primary grade children, so switch it up by tackling poetry and share “Trees”, by Joyce Kilmer.
And last but certainly NOT the least, if you and your child talk about nothing else but the beauty and wonders of God’s creation as shown by the seasonal changing of the colours, then the craft time that the two of you share would definitely be time well-spent.
O Lord, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom, You have made them all;
the earth is full of Your creatures.
Psalm 104: 24