1. Grab those leftover newspapers and allow your child to rip or cut it into pieces.
2. Cover the empty cereal box in Mod Podge.
3. Lay the pieces of torn newspaper to completely cover the Mod Podge. Allow to dry.
4. Paint your child’s hand with paint and have them put their handprints on the box to create tree top.
5. Paint a bottom to your tree and allow your child to fingerpaint leaves.
Since the cereal box acts as like a thick canvas print, we are using ours to cover up the thermostat!
- Language Arts: Read the book The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest and discuss all the features of a tree and the rainforest and how important these things are for our environment. You can read this book before doing the craft above and have your child try to recreate their own Kapok Tree.
- Science: Discuss with your child the importance of reusing and recycling and discuss how nature provides us with things we use everyday (trees=paper, etc). Some good books to use for this is I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (Little Green Books)and The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling (Little Green Books).
- Math: 1. Have your child cut the newspaper into shapes such as rectangles, squares, triangles, circles. 2. Have you child rip apart the paper and estimate how many pieces they created, then have them actually count them.
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