Pencil Pal Tree
Create a dimensional tree with a pencil and a spool of thread!
Create a single tree or a whole forest of these easy-to-make trees that will brighten up a desktop or classroom.
Students will enjoy making their own dimensional tree to decorate a classroom, give as a gift, or take home for their family to enjoy during the holidays. Students can also explore and discuss an evergreen tree versus a deciduous tree.
Supplies Used: Adhesive flat dot, Construction paper or cardstock, Pencil, Spool of thread
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut the Pencil Pal, Tree using green construction paper or cardstock. Die-cut a Tiny Star using yellow paper (Figure A).
- Accordion fold the tree on all the perforations (Figure B).
- Thread a pencil through the holes, aligning the top of the tree with the tip of the pencil lead. It is designed to be a snug fit, so no glue is required (Figure C).
- Open the pleats, and space them on the pencil.
- Place an adhesive flat dot on the center of the star and attach the star to the top of the tree if desired (Figure D).
- To stand up the tree, poke the eraser end of the pencil through the hole in a spool of thread (Main Photo).
- Figure A
- Figure B
- Figure C
- Figure D
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
NS.K-4-4.3 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