DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Fourth of July Tree Craft
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
There are a variety of versions to the craft to add complexity for older children.
The craft is simple enough for young kids to contribute but still fun for even mom to make. I like doing the tissue paper version but it's
tough for preschoolers to make -- the templates are more appropriate for them.
There are a number of variations on this craft depending on which templates you print:
- Template Version (younger children): print the trunk template and the maple leaves template and paste the leaves on the tree.
If you want a very well covered tree, print two copies of the stars template. Draw a picture to fill in the bottom of the
template like Kaitlyn did!
Tissue Paper Version
Tissue Paper Version (older children): cut 1.5 inch squares of tissue paper, wrap around the eraser end of a pencil and glue to the
trunk template. Tasha made the tissue paper version with a homemade trunk (see below) and added some green construction paper afterwards
to make it look like grass.
with "homemade" trunk.
Rather than using the Trunk template, you can decorate a "homemade" trunk. To make the trunk, trace your child's arm from the
elbow up, including the fingers, cut it out. We pasted our homemade trunk on a piece of white construction paper but you could also use
regular white paper.
- something to colour with.
- You will also need finger paint if you choose the first option.
- Print out the template of choice.
- Colour pieces, as necessary. (For a change of pace, try using different mediums than you typically do, such as paints or pastels).
- Cut out the pieces. This step may require adult assistance. Don't worry too much about getting the tree branches cut out perfectly.
- Glue the stars all over the tree to decorate.
- You can glue the entire tree to a decorated background (blue construction paper, with green tissue paper for grass and white cotton
balls for clouds works very nicely!)
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
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