An easy Fall Tree Handprint Craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make at home or daycare.
I’ve made a number of really easy fall tree crafts with my daycare hooligans over the years. I love crafting with kids in the fall because there are so many colours and textures to learn about and explore.
Of course, with the changing colours of the leaves, I come up with lots of tree crafts and activity for the daycare each Autumn.
Here’s one I hope you’ll enjoy. The colourful “leaves” and the patterned, textured “tree trunks and branches” combined with an old favourite – tracing our hands, all helped to make this Fall Tree Handprint Craft a big hit with the kids.
Yesterday, we made these simple, but fun and colourful trees, using wallpaper samples and tissue paper. Free wall paper samples and tissue paper are two of my favourite inexpensive crafting materials!
These were simple and fun to make, and looked so pretty when they were finished.
First we looked through our wallpaper sample books and each Hooligans picked out a piece of brown paper to have their arm and hand traced onto. If you’re new around here, and haven’t heard me sing the praises of my wallpaper samples, let me fill you in: I ask at my local paint/paper shop if I can have their expired wallpaper sample books. They’re always happy to hand them over rather than throw them in the trash. 🙂
After tracing, the hooligans glued their hand trees onto some cardboard and then decorated them with colourful squares of crumpled tissue paper. I LOVE crafting with tissue paper. It’s a simple and inexpensive material that provides a satisfying sensory and fine motor experience for little hands. The children have to separate the squares of tissue paper which is great for fine motor skills, and they love to crumple and crunch their squares before gluing them onto a project.
Thrifty tip: baby showers are a great place to acquire a ton of tissue paper. I’ve walked out of some showers with a garbage bag full of tissue paper that was going to be thrown in the trash. I rarely have to buy any for crafting
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.