This cute tree is a fantastic way to start the Fall season with your children. It can be made by children of varied ages including toddlers! You need just a handful of materials that you might even have around your house already. You will need: paint (brown, yellow, orange, green and red), a paintbrush, paper or cardstock, cups or something to hold the paint in and wet and dry paper towels. Click on the pictures for the tutorial.
First, gather the materials. Make sure you also prepare your area. We just decorated for Halloween so our tablecloth was perfect for this project. Put a teaspoon of each paint color into separate cups.
Create the tree trunk
Begin the project by having your child choose which hand they want to use. Allowing them to choose makes them more interested and invested in the project. Warn your child that this step will tickle a little. Paint your child’s hand and halfway up their forearm with the brown paint.
Flip their hand over and help them carefully press their hand and arm onto the piece of paper or cardstock.
Help them to the sink and thoroughly wash and dry their arm and hand.
Start the leaves
Next, paint one of your child’s thumbs red. Help them with the first leaf by slowly moving their thumb towards the paper and pressing down on the paper. Ask them to remove their thumb from the paper and show them how they just made their thumbprint.
Instruct your child to make a few more on their own until they run out of paint. Add more paint to their thumb after every 3-4 leaves. Instruct your child to place leaves on the tree, falling from the tree and on the ground. Just make sure they are choosing where they are placing the leaves on their own if they are old enough.
Use the wet paper towel to wipe off the red paint and the dry paper towel to dry their thumb.
Add more leaves
Repeat the previous step with each of the remaining colors. Continue to instruct your child to scatter the leaves both on and off the tree.
Clean and dry your child’s thumb between each remaining color.
When your child is finished with the last leaf color, allow the painting to dry. Show them their wonderful masterpiece and explain to them that in the Fall (or Autumn), the leaves change color and slowly fall to the ground.
They just created a tree that represents that change in season.
Proudly display this wonderful project or send it to someone as a gift.