cherry tree
Templates version

DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Cherry Tree Paper Craft

contributed by Leanne Guenther

I think this simple little craft turned out very cute! 

The craft is simple enough for young kids to contribute but still fun for even mom to make (I like doing the tissue paper version but it's tough for preschoolers to make -- the templates are more appropriate for them).

Truth, myth or somewhere in between?  What do you think?

I've always wondered if the story is true:  "George Washington chopped down the cherry tree when he was a little boy and then confessed". 

I have actually chopped down a tree -- it's REALLY hard, hehe.  After half an hour, four blisters and a little blood we managed to get a 6 inch thick spruce tree to topple over.  (Merry Christmas -- we're getting it from Home Depot next year.)

My guess is young George just hit the tree a few times with his axe and damaged it.  If it is a true story, I think I might be more impressed by his tree chopping skills than his honesty! 


cherry tree
Tissue paper version

There are a number of variations on this craft depending on which templates you print:

  1. Template Version (younger children):  print the trunk template and the leaves template and paste them together.
  2. Tissue Paper Version (older children):  cut 1.5 inch squares of tissue paper, wrap around the eraser end of a pencil and glue to the trunk template.
handprint trunk

Rather than using the Trunk template, you can decorate a "homemade" trunk (to make the trunk, trace your child's arm from the elbow up, including the fingers)



Instructions - Template Version:   

Instructions - Tissue Paper Version:



Tree Trunk Template   (color)   or   (B&W)

Leaves and Cherries   (color)   or   (B&W)


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