To do this fun, easy craft, you will need the following supplies:
- construction paper
- paint in fall colors (reds, browns,yellows and green for the grass)
- paint brushes
- Markers (optional)
To make the trunk of the tree, use the paintbrush to coat your child's hand and forearm with a coat of paint. Both tempera paints and acrylics are suitable for use with this project. Just be sure the paint is water based, so it will wash off.
Once the child's hand has had paint applied, press it onto the construction paper, being sure to have their fingers spread. Roll the child's hand a bit to be sure that all parts of the hand, wrist and forearm touch the construction paper. When they pull their hand away, you should have the outline of hand and forearm, forming the tree trunk.
With green paint, paint the grass around the trunk of the tree.
Using the Q-tips, dot the tree limbs with different colors of leaves using the red, yellow and shades of brown. Your child can choose to have all of the leaves on the tree or can paint some falling to the ground. They can also use markers to draw in animals or any other scenery, if they desire. The scene can be as elaborate or as simple as they like. This craft is suitable for any age.