This four seasons felt tree is a fun craft that demonstrates how a tree changes throughout the year.
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We are taking part in the 12 Days of Picture Books blog tour from Penguin Young Readers and today we’re highlighting a gorgeous book called Little Tree, by Loren Long.
I used a felt board I had already (made for our Leaf Sorting activity last year) but recovered it in blue felt. A hot glue gun attached the new felt securely over the top of the old red felt.
I found an image of a bare tree online and printed it onto white paper, then cut it out to form a silhouette. I used tape to adhere it to some embossed brown felt – find a full tutorial on cutting felt shapes HERE.
Then I glued it onto the blue background with hot glue. For the additional pieces, I cut out the following from colored felt:
- Spring: A few green leaves and pink flowers, grass at the base.
- Summer: More green leaves.
- Fall: Red, orange and yellow leaves, orange base.
- Winter: White snow, white base – the white felt was glittery so it looked lovely!
After reading the book together my son chose to get started on the winter scene. It was quite a fine motor workout to pick up and place all the little pieces! Then he moved onto the spring picture.
The next day he made the summer and fall pictures – although I sensed he was disappointed that he had to keep the grass for both spring and summer. Note to self… 🙂