Friday, June 3, 2011

Kid Craft: Paper Bag Trees

This is a fun idea that my teacher showed us in my art endorsement class last year. We are also using it in the Art Academy classes that I am teaching this month.

So fun, right? And simple too!

First, take a brown paper lunch bag and make 5-6 tears about 1/2 - 3/4 of the way down the bag.

Then scrunch and twist the bottom of the bag to make the trunk. Make sure you leave the very bottom of the bag flat on the counter so it can stand up.

For the branches, you next scrunch and twist the pieces you made when doing the tears.

Lastly: Decorate!

We encouraged the kids to use their imaginations any way they wanted, but you could also use it to teach the four seasons. We read the books Red Sings From The Treetops and A Tree For All Seasons to go with the lesson. But we had some really fun ideas from the kids, such as making nests, treehouses (complete with slide!), and tire swings for the trees. They turned out super cute!


Eric's Mommy said...

You are the coolest teacher! That craft is so cute. Can you come out here to North Brookfield MA and teach 4th grade next year? LOL

Jocelyn said...

Haha, thanks! Actually, I originally wanted to teach 4th grade but got pulled into 1st. I just love them both!

grimalkin said...

I love this, just my kind of craft: super cheap and easy, but looks like expensive art!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love this - now that it is summer we craft together a lot more!