This week I put out a new craft project on my art shelf. These little trees are turning out so cute! Below you can see how I have it set up on the shelf. To do this work the child takes the brown tray to a table. All the materials they need are on the tray.
On the tray is a little napkin holder (thrifted) with some pre-traced "tree crowns" on green construction paper, a basket with Crayola Twistable Slick Stix Crayons (these are SO AWESOME! and show up really well on darker paper), a pair of scissors, two pin-punching tools (one is THIS ONE from Montessori Services and one is a regular push pin in the little bowl), and a pin-punching pad (also from Montessori Services). First the child uses the crayons to draw fall leaves or apples or whatever they want on their tree. Then they may choose to either cut out the tree or pin-punch it depending upon their preferences and skills.
Once their tree crown is ready, they go back to the art shelf and get a little tree trunk. I prepped these ahead of time by rolling 4 inch wide strips of construction paper, stapling the ends, and cutting two small slits across from each other on one end. The tree crown is inserted into the slits and that completes the project.
Below you can see a little forest of trees that were created one morning in our classroom.