Create a long-lasting tree to give as a gift, for room décor or as part of a unit on leaves changing color in the fall.
Students can construct this dimensional tree using a Snowflake and beads. The tree can be used to decorate the classroom, given as a gift or taken home for the family to enjoy.
Students will discuss seasons and why certain deciduous tree leaves change color in the fall. Also discuss evergreen trees and reasons why these trees remain green throughout the year.
Supplies Used: Beads (with opening to accommodate skewer), Cardboard, Construction paper, Dried beans or peas, Flower pot or paper cup, Hole punch (1/16"), Packing or masking tape, Scissors, Skewer
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut the Snowflake #3 using assorted fall colors of construction paper. Trim the outer points on some of the Snowflakes to make medium-sized Snowflakes, and leave some of them whole.
- Die-cut the Snowflake on the Cloud, Raindrop, Snowflake & Umbrella Die using assorted fall colors of construction paper.
- Using a 1/16" hole punch, punch a hole in the center of all the Snowflakes, punching two or three at a time.
- Slide a small Snowflake onto a skewer, and push it to the top of the skewer.
- Slide a bead onto the skewer followed by another small Snowflake and then another bead.
- Repeat this pattern, alternating Snowflakes and beads with the rest of the small, medium and whole Snowflakes and beads.
- Place the completed tree in a pot filled with dried beans or black-eyed peas (Main Photo). If desired, roll a strip of cardboard into a circle and secure with packing or masking tape.
- Place the rolled cardboard into a paper or plastic cup to make a holder for the tree.
- Who knew a winter Snowflake could make a tree-mendous fall tree!
Fine Arts-Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
- Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
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
NS.K-4.3 Life Science
As a result of activities in grades K–4, all students should develop an understanding of
- The characteristics of organisms
- Life cycles of organisms
- Organisms and environments