Talk with children about trees in spring. Ask How do spring trees look? If possible, take your class on a walk to observe trees that are beginning to bud. Next, give each child a drinking straw and a piece of paper. Let children use brown paint to paint a line part way up the middle of the paper. Tell children that is the tree trunk. Next place a spoonful of paint at the top of the trunk. Help children blow through their straws over the paint moving the straw upward and outward to form branches for the tree. Let the paint dry and continue your discussion of how trees change. When the paint is dry, let children dab a cotton ball in green paint and make new leaves for the spring tree. If grass has started to grow where you live, let children paint some under the tree. If you still have lots of mud in your area, children can paint mud beneath their trees.
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