I love when I can find those one or two special fall leaves that are a shade of purple or dark pink. Finding those unique colors of fall blending with the oranges, yellows, and reds is fascinating.
The changing of the seasons is a great way for children to explore cycles and patterns within nature. It’s easier for children to see different life cycles and changes around them when the objects are already familiar to them. Trees. Butterflies. Frogs. Flowers. People.
This multi-sensory fall tree painting craft really brings the process to life and helps kids remember it. I love that it requires simple materials that you probably already having lying around. I mean, who doesn’t have empty toilet paper rolls, am I right?!
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Learning About Seasonal Changes In Preschool
fall tree craft for preschool
Seasonal projects help children connect with nature, and they help them understand the world around them.
This toilet paper roll art is a great hands-on way to explore changes in leaves during the fall. Since kids are already familiar with trees and typically have background knowledge, learning specific information about how a tree changes and goes through a cycle is fascinating and real to students.
I like to use the painted fall trees project at the end of the unit to review what we learned, to practice the vocabulary, and to have a final finished product to refer to as we study other plants, animals, and insects.
In addition to learning about changes, you can pose additional questions to young learners.
- What foods can we get from trees?
- What does a tree need to continue to grow?
- How is a tree in the spring different from a tree in the fall?
- What other types of recycled materials could you use to make the project?
What Preschoolers Learn Making Fall Toilet Paper Roll Crafts
Fall crafts with toilet paper rolls
LEARNING ABOUT CYCLES IS A GREAT TIME TO INTRODUCE SCIENTIFIC VOCABULARY THAT SOMETIMES TRANSFERS TO OTHER TOPICS.
You can use vocabulary and processes on the fall paper roll artwork to compare/contrast with other animals, plants, or insects.
Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Life Cycles?
Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about the life cycles of living things help them understand the world a little bit better.
How to Make This Paper Towel Tube Painting
Draw a basic tree trunk on the brown construction paper and cut it out.
Glue the trunk down onto the white cardstock paper.
Prepare your paint. Pour a small amount of each color of paint onto a paper plate.
Dip the end of the toilet paper tubes into the paint until the end is covered.
Press down onto the cardstock paper around the tree trunk to create the leaves of the tree.
Repeat this process with each color until you have a completed tree.
Set aside to dry. Then, display!
Create a Book
Make a cycle book with half sheets of paper and child illustrations/labels of each seasonal change.
Kids will love using pom poms, buttons, or stickers to create ‘fruit’ on their trees.
Using leaves (real or fake) have your child create a pattern showing different colors or sizes.