This fall tree craft introduces “dot” painting and reinforces simple cutting and assembling skills. The craft is very straight forward with very minimal prep work!
Here’s what you need:
- Cardboard tubes (Toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls cut in half)
- Small paper plates (Full size may be too heavy and topple over)
- Liquid paint (non-toxic, fall colors)
- Pallet for paint (I just used another small paper plate)
- Child scissors
- Newspaper or scrap paper to cover the work area (to keep tables clean)
- Baby wipes/Wet napkins (For clean up)
- T-shirts/Smocks (optional)
The children will be doing the dot painting with their fingertips. If you have a wilder or typically messier group, you could dot paint with Q-tips to limit the mess. To start, have the children cut two slits along one side of the cardboard tube. This is where the paper plate will slide in so the slits need to be even and directly across from each other. If the plate doesn’t fit in, flip the tube and try again on the other side. Once you are sure that the plate fits into the slot, take it out and have the children dot paint both sides (TIP: have them paint the inside of the plate first so you can flip it over and paint the backside without smudging the wet paint). Once the plate is painted, slide it into the slits on the cardboard tube and voilà! Fall Tree!
This craft goes great with:
- Wonderfall by Michael Hall
- Ready for Autumn by Jocelyn Marthe