A Celebration of Trees Book and Craft

PBOTD ann april 2016

Today is my turn to share the picture book of the day again!

I picked A GRAND OLD TREE by Mary Newell DePalma for Earth Day and Arbor Day because they are both in April and I love trees!

It is a very nice story about a tree and all the seasonal changes that take place. It also introduces us to the many creatures that call this tree home. Years pass and the tree grows very old and one winter it snaps. It is very sad until we see that the tree which is now a log is now home to more living things and all those seeds it sent out over the years are growing into new trees near and far! The illustrations are are really sweet and cute. It doesn’t say how they are made but it looks to me like they are a combination of paper cut-outs and watercolor.

By the way this book is by the same author/illustrator of TWO LITTLE BIRDS, another great pick for spring!

Continue your celebration of trees and follow this book up with my simple tree craft that is easy to make and fun to play with!

What you will need…

A quart size freezer bag, brown and pink construction paper, scissors, and markers.

Here’s how… 

  1. Draw a tree shape that will fit into your bag and cut it out
  2. Draw lots and lots of small flowers and cut them out too
  3. Put the tree and flowers in the baggie and zip it closed

That’s it and now it is ready to be played with! Turn the bag upside down and shake to put the flowers in the tree then flip it and shake again to have the flowers fall to the ground.  You could also make a fall tree and instead of flowers make colorful fall leaves.

Check it out in action on Instagram here!

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I have discovered some great picture books thanks to the recommendations of my fellow Picture Book of the Day bloggers. Follow me on Instagram and search the hashtag #picturebookoftheday for more great picks!


I'm a practical mom inspired by nature & I enjoy sharing ideas that encourage kids' innate curiosity & creativity. Interested in subscribing? Check out the blue box at the top of my sidebar. I'm also a wannabe author/illustrator & product designer by day. Let's connect! doodlesandjots@hotmail.com. If you purchase through my Amazon links I get a small commission at no additional cost to you (thanks for supporting Doodles and Jots)! And remember to always credit your source here & elsewhere on the internet.


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