Brrrrrrr! There’s even a chill of winter in the air here in Florida! This time of the year is short lived for us, but it doesn’t stop us from diving into a fun winter theme filled with lots of learning. Since we don’t get to witness snow for ourselves, much less major transformations of trees, we take the opportunity to learn about how trees change throughout the seasons. After discovering that many trees lose their leaves as temperatures shift, we extended our learning by creating some winter tree art. The best part about this art activity is getting outside and collecting your materials!
As you may have noticed if you’ve been following along with our fun and learning over the years, we take any opportunity we can get to paint without paintbrushes and use unconventional or natural materials in our art projects. For this winter tree art, we decided to once again ditch the paintbrushes and paint with q-tips instead!
Winter Tree Art for Kids
GET A FULL WEEK OF WINTER THEME ACTIVITIES IN OUR PRESCHOOL WINTER LESSON PLANS.
- small twigs
- construction paper
- white paint
Related: Preschool Tree Theme Planning Guide
Head outside for a quick search for fallen twigs and sticks. We found lots of small sticks laying on the ground near our bushes and under trees. Kids will love going on this outdoor scavenger hunt that will soon be turned into art!
Once your twigs are collected, take a moment to examine them. Take notice of their similarities and differences. Lengths and thickness. We grabbed our hand held magnifying glass to take an even closer look. And we happened to discover some tiny bus crawling on a stick! (Don’t worry, we released them- quickly!)
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Winter Tree Art
After the fun of collecting and examining has been had, begin by designing the layout of your wintry tree. We discussed parts of a tree prior to doing this. It helped us in selecting a thicker, bigger stick to represent the base of the tree. We used smaller, thinner twigs and placed them carefully above branching off in all directions.
Now that a design is in place, you can start gluing it down. We first poured some liquid glue onto a paper plate and dipped a q-tip in it to help place the glue. Making sure that you apply glue to the part of the twig that lays flat onto the construction paper is very important!
We discovered another method along the way, by carefully dipping the stick into the glue with the flat side down. Choose whichever method suits you best!
Allow students to repeat the steps of gluing and placing until their wintry tree is beautifully glued down. You may want to give it some time to dry prior to adding the “snow.” This helped us in avoiding any mishaps with bumping the tree branches out of place.
For the final touch on this winter tree art activity, use a q-tip to make it snow all around the tree! Grabbing the q-tip and carefully dipping and blotting it onto the paper is excellent fine motor practice for tiny hands.
It was suggested by one of our artists that we should make some snow on the ground. What a great idea! We added some mounds of “snowflakes” around the tree to make it look like it had been snowing for awhile.
We had so much fun learning about how trees change in the winter and using natural materials to create a beautiful work of art. We hope you enjoy this winter art activity as much as we did!
Winter Tree Art for Kids
- Small Twigs
- Construction Paper Light Blue
- White Paint
- Head outside for a quick search for fallen twigs and sticks. We found lots of small sticks laying on the ground near our bushes and under trees.
- After collecting your twigs, begin by designing the layout of your wintry tree onto the construction paper.
- Now that a design is in place, you can start gluing it down. Making sure that you apply glue to the part of the twig that lays flat onto the construction paper is very important!
- Allow students to repeat the steps of gluing and placing until their wintry tree is beautifully glued down. You may want to give it some time to dry before the next step.
- Use a q-tip to make it snow all around the tree! Grab the q-tip, carefully dip it in your white paint, and blot it onto the paper.
- Optionally add some mounds of “snowflakes” around the tree to make it look like it has been snowing for awhile.
PRINTABLE WINTER THEME LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. We have a variety of lesson plan sets that work well as winter themes. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set:
This set currently includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) 10 Little Trees Winter Song and Number Cards (in color and b/w)
2) Get Dressed for Winter Activity Mats and Clothing (in color and b/w)
3) Hot Cocoa Counting Mats 1-20 (in color and b/w)
4) Winter Color Matching Puzzles
5) What Can We Do in Winter? Emergent Reader (4 versions)
6) Child and Snow Angel Uppercase and Lowercase Alphabet Matching (in color and b/w)
7) Winter Number Cards 0-35 (3 versions in color and b/w)
8) Winter Roll and Graph (in color and b/w)
9) Winter Tree Dice Game (in color and b/w)
10) Winter Picture-Word Cards
GET YOUR LESSON PLANS
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Ainhoa Bilbao Cebrero
Thank you Ms. Kayla for your amazing ideas, I absolutely love them and look forward to explore these ideas for the holiday seasons since it honors all families of diverse cultures and faiths and connects the children to Nature in sweet & simple ways. I appreciate you posting all these wonderful ideas to integrate hands on learning. I look forward to learning more from you and honoring your site if ever I use it with my preschool class at Eliada in Asheville, NC. Thank you for inspiring me and honoring the children to have fun through learning adventures!!
deep peace to you,
Great craft! Could I use this in a video that’s part of a series to give families ideas of things to do during the pandemic. This is for a municipal parks & rec dept. and I would, of course, credit Fantastic Fun and Learning and include the link to the original post. In the video, I will create one of these winter tree art pieces. The video will be offered free over You Tube. Thank you.
Yes, as long as you are not publishing and selling the activity and there is a clear link to this blog post in the YouTube description so people can access the complete directions, then you may include the activity. Hope your community enjoys it!
Love this idea! Is is free to use for library use?
We’d love for you to do the activity with your library group. If you post any info to the internet or share publicly, please include a reference to Fantastic Fun and Learning and link to the original post for directions.
Love this project
I’m so glad! Thank you for the feedback