I came across another cute idea from my new favorite blog, Ramblings of a Crazy Woman. I like many things about this project, one of which is the fact that it gave me an idea of what to do with toilet paper rolls. It is also so, so, so, cute. My boys and I did this after church on Sunday. See below for what we did.
First I took a piece of 8 1/2 by 11 inch green cardstock and cut it in half. I used a black Sharpie pen to draw a "tree" shape on each half, one for each of my boys. Then we cut out the tree shapes. You can see my oldest son cutting his in the photo.
Next I squirted a blob of red, yellow and orange tempera paint onto a paper plate for each boy. They used their fingertips to dot the paint on to represent the fall leaves changing colors.
Then we put the trees flat on the countertop to dry.
Then I cut two slits in the top of the toilet paper rolls, inserted the tree into the slits, and DONE!! They both thought it was really neat that the trees stand up. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this craft. My wheels are already turning. Wouldn't it be cute to do this at Christmas time with pine trees inserted into a base? They could use many colors to paint "ornaments" on the tree, or use white to make "snow" on it. You could have the children either color the tubes with brown marker or paint them with brown paint if you wanted to. Also, for the pine trees, I think I would cut the tubes in half to make the trunk shorter. I am also thinking about how you could use smaller chunks of the tubes as a stand-up display for any art project. I may start collecting these from parents and making them available in a basket on the art shelf for the children to take if they want.