When it comes to toddler crafts, there’s one golden rule to follow – Keep.It.Simple
And toddler craft doesn’t get easier than these charming little cardboard tube apple trees.
You wouldn’t believe how much play and activity was inspired by a few decorated tubes!
My toddler cakes spent the entire afternoon making and playing with her apple trees, well mostly playing!
Animals came out to play in her imaginary woodland. We talked about the types of animals to be found in the deep dark woods and of course, one can never talk about the deep dark woods without a reading of the Gruffalo!
It’s also a quick and easy way to talk about seasonal change and since we (and maybe you do too) tend to eat apples ALL the time, now is a great time to discuss the idea of harvest and the food chain within in the context of seasonal change.
So I hope your kiddos have fun. Here’s what you need to make your apple trees!
MATERIALS: Cardboard Tube Apple Trees
Red Tissue Paper
Let’s Make It!
While your toddler paints their cardboard tubes, cut out a basic bushy tree top from the green card.
Next, tear off little bits of tissue paper, scrunch them up and stick them onto the green card.
This is a great exercise for developing fine motor skills!
Cut two opposite slits into the cardboard tube and slide the green card into the slits.
Ta-da, you now have an apple tree!
We cut our tubes in half to make them more stable and manageable for cakes!