To start with, we read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Personally, this is not one of my favorite books because the thought of my little guys growing up makes me sad, but the kids seem to love watching the boy (and the tree) grow throughout the book. After reading the story, we created our own Giving Trees.
For our trees, we used:
green construction paper
red washable paint
I cut out a tree top for each of the kids, but you could certainly let your preschooler cut out their own oval shape for the top of their tree. Then, the kids used their thumbs (and fingers) to make apples on their trees.
Once the apples dried, we used brown marker to put stems on them and then glued the tops of the trees to the bottom of a brown paper bag.
For a final touch, I asked each of the kids to tell me someone that they loved and I helped them write their names inside a heart on their tree trunk just like the little boy did with his initials in the story. I loved that my 2-year-old told me that he loved his baby brother.
I just loved this sweet little craft and the parents loved seeing their who their kids chose to put in their hearts. This is also a great story to help reinforce The Giving Tree and help the kids retell the story.
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