Take your empty toilet rolls and you can make three different kids of apple trees!
1. Foamy tree with foam "apples" (baby and toddler version)
2. Mosaic tree with foam, paper and bead "apples" (preschool version)
3. Tissue paper apple tree (from the newly minted grade one!)
Red or green foam sheets
Red or green beads
Cardboard for tree backing (cereal boxes work well!)
Green and red tissue paper
For all the trees you need a firm backing for the leaf part, so start by tracing a tree shape onto cardboard and have children cut out.
Cover the tree shape in glue to prepare for the mosaic or foam tree.
Here's the mosaic apple tree in progress – have your child cut out shapes and glue on to the tree. We have a scissor loving kid in our house so he had fun snipping pieces of scrap paper for the tree. Then add red and green beads or red circle cut-outs for apples!
For the foamy (simplest) version, cut out a foamy tree shape (use your cardboard cutout as a pattern) and have your baby or toddler glue on red circles and beads (careful for choking if doing this with a young one).
Cut tissue paper into 2 inch squares. Have glue handy on a plate or scrap paper for "dipping". Dip small, scrunched up pieces of tissue into the glue and stick onto the cardboard baking to create the tissue paper apple tree. Use green for the leaves and red for the apples. This one was made by a 6 year old who had lots of patience, a young child may need a hand to complete with you.
For all tree styles, cut approximately half an inch on two sides of the toilet roll to create an insert space for the treetop to slip into to attach.