Tissue Twig Trees – a Fall craft that’s perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
In case you missed the news, we’re back from our two month summer break, and after taking a couple of days to re-aquaint ourselves with each other and our surroundings, we broke out the craft supplies on Friday, and got down to business making these pretty Fall Tissue Twig Trees.
For those of you who’ve been following us for a while now, you know that I’m all about crafts that are easy and inexpensive, and whenever possible, we use items that we already have on hand or in our yard and gardens.
Today’s craft is no different. We’re using tissue paper that I save anytime anyone in my family receives a gift, and twigs that we collected in the yard. It’s one of my favourite crafting materials to use when working with preschool children. You can see a more of our tissue paper projects here, here and here. Tissue paper is easy for little fingers to crumple and squeeze, and it’s soft, silky texture along with the crinkly sound it makes, appeal to a child’s senses.
Here’s the full list of what we used to make our Tissue Twig Trees:
- Fall coloured Tissue Paper (cut into 2.5 inch squares)
- School Glue (I poured ours into small bowls)
The set up:
I placed all of the squares of tissue paper in a plastic bowl so the kids could just reach in and grab whatever colour of “fall leaf” they wanted. Keeping them in the bowl also prevented our tissue paper leaves from blowing away.
To stand the twigs up while we worked on them, I simply pushed them into a sheet of styrofoam. This is completely optional. You could just as easily make these trees by laying them out the table or by standing them up in a jar.
Glue on your “leaves”:
For very young children, who find a glue bottle too difficult to manage, I often set out small bowls filled with our glue. The children can simply dip a paint brush into the glue and they’re off to the races.
Oh yes, we are SO proud of our efforts!
Don’t they look lovely? I just love how vibrant they are in the sunlight.
These would add a splash of colour to any table in your home. To display them, you could stand them in a jar filled with small stones, or in a miniature pot filled with soil. We’re going to use small blocks of the styrofoam, and paint them brown and cover them with fallen tissue paper leaves.
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