Triangle Tree Mobile
Make a great triangular card or a fun Christmas mobile!
Create a whimsical Christmas card and mobile using a simple Triangle shape that turns into a potted tree.
Combine geometry with art as students view a Triangle in a different way when making this tree.
Supplies Used: Adhesive, Construction paper, Crayons or markers, Hole punch, Pencil, Removable adhesive, Ruler, Thread, Scissors
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut two Triangle shapes from red construction paper. Make a pot for the tree by trimming both red Triangle shapes into a trapezoid approximately 1 1/2" tall (Main Photo).
- Cut a length of thread. Place adhesive on one trapezoid, and place one end of the thread in the center of the trapezoid.
- Align the second trapezoid on top of the first trapezoid, sandwiching the thread between the two.
- Die-cut two Triangle shapes from green construction paper.
- With a pencil, mark lines on one green Triangle that will help separate the tree into layers.
- Make a center line with a ruler and pencil from the top of the marked Triangle to the center of the bottom.
- Place removable adhesive on the back of the marked green Triangle. Place the other Triangle on top, and cut along the marked lines.
- Decorate each of the cut layers with markers, crayons, a hole punch or thin strips of contrasting paper either placed vertically or horizontally (Main Photo).
- Place adhesive on the marked longest green paper layer, and place the thread on top of the center mark, leaving a slight gap between the red pot and the layer (Main Photo).
- Align the matching layer on top, and sandwich the thread directly in the center of the layer.
- Continue in the same manner with the remaining layers, making sure the thread is in the center of each layer and leaving slight gaps between each layer.
- Die-cut two Stars, Tiny shapes from yellow construction paper. Add adhesive and align on top of the tree, making sure the thread is centered.
- Die-cut one Tags #2 shape, and add a message. Tie the tag to the end of the thread (Main Photo).
- You now have a beau-tree-ful Christmas card or mobile to enjoy during the holidays!
Fine Arts-Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas
- Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
- Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.
Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
- Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse) and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.