There are variations on this craft depending on which templates you print and how messy you want to get. You can either:
- Print the Trunk and the Leaves and paste them together. (Like the picture to the right.)
- print the Leaves and decorate a "homemade" trunk (to make the trunk, trace your child's arm from the elbow up, including the fingers, like the picture to the right.)
- Print the trunk and decorate with "handprint" leaves (fingerpaint)
- You can also go outside and collect real fall leaves and paste those on like the picture to the right.
- something to colour with,
- You will also need fingerpaints if you choose the third option.
- You will need to collect some leaves from outsite if you choose the fourth option.
- Print out the craft 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). Pastels smudged make really nice fall leaves!
- Cut out the pieces. This step may require adult assistance. Don't worry too much about getting the tree branches cut out perfectly. We'll cover any remaining white space with leaves.
- Glue template pieces together or make handprint leaves, depending on the Alternative you chose.
- 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).
A Child's Calendar - November poem by John Updike