Save The Trees : Craft and Book!

Colorful Forrest

This craft uses scrap paper to make a wonderfully colorful tree. Whether you punch all the holes now or save them up over time the results are awesome .
  1. Gather your materials. You will need a piece of white paper, one full piece of construction paper of your choice, a whole bunch of scrap coloured paper, a brown marker, glue and a hole punch.
  2. Start by punching out tons of holes, keep them all. You can do this over a week , allowing your child to work out their little hands with the hole punch or having them choose the color of the paper and you can punch the holes if they can’t. You need a lot !
  3. Draw a tree trunk with your brown marker.
  4. Add a lot of glue at the top of the trunk.
  5. Add your punched out holes.
  6. Let dry and glue onto the full size piece of paper for a frame. You can use a piece of paper that has something on the back already for the frame. No one will know and you will save paper.


Book

“Gaia Girls : Enter the Earth” by Lee Wells was sent to me by the publisher along with the next installment which I will review in an upcoming post. I couldn’t be more excited to share a book with my older readers. The story follows Elizabeth as she spends her summer on her parents small organic farm, learning that not all farming is as responsible as her family’s. But that’s not all Elizabeth meets someone magical and discovers she has a special power that can help her fight against the factory farms moving into her area. I love the magical aspect of this book, the author manages to make it work in a very down to earth way and it sucks the reader in. The strong environmental call to action in the book is wonderful, not only are the issues like factory farming explained but solutions and alternatives are as well. The girl power undertones are well done too, Elizabeth’s power isn’t exerted irresponsibly and she is conscientious about how to use it. I wish more books were this good.

Comments

  1. Monica Crumley says

    Very pretty colors. I'm guessing you need lots of glue if you don't want to keep finding dots all over the floor :-)

  2. Amber says

    We have one of those hole punches and my 4-year-old LOVES the little bits of paper they make. I'm sure this craft would be right up her alley. :)

  3. cabadov says

    I've done a similar craft except with tissue paper. We would ball up the different coloured paper and stick it to the tree. When the kids are older, we'd place little squares folded over the end of a pencil and press them down. I'll have to try the hole punch way (just need to find a hole punch)

  4. Kelly says

    Thanks for an awesome idea!!! We went right to work punching holes. We are doing ours in the colors that the leaves will turn to in just a few short weeks. Great fall craft!!!

  5. Dawn says

    If you like Gaia Girls, you’ll like the Gifted Girls series, too. Same premise where a girl is visited by a special visitor who sends her on a fantastical journey of self-discovery.

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