Washington's Cherry Tree
Supplement a lesson on George Washington with this cherry tree craft to commemorate the famous fable about the first president.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
According to the legend of George Washington and the cherry tree, the young Washington could not tell a lie. While the story was most likely fabricated, it is a popular way to teach about the first president to elementary-level students. Students can create this cherry tree with colored tissue paper and brown paint as they learn about President Washington.
What You Need:
- Red and green tissue paper
- Brown paint
- 9- by 12-inch sky-blue construction paper, one sheet per student
- Crayons, markers, colored pencils, or pastels in assorted colors
What You Do:
- Before class, cut the green and red tissue paper in 1.5-inch squares. Store the squares inside plastic bags to keep them together.
- Have your students lay a forearm on top of the blue construction paper and spread their fingers. Help them use a pencil to trace their forearm and fingers on the blue construction paper. This will form the tree trunk and the tree branches.
- Have your students use the brown paint and paintbrushes to paint inside their arm tracing to color the tree trunk and branches. Set the paper aside to dry.
- Once the paint is dry, have your students crinkle the tissue paper squares and attach them to the tree branches with glue.
- Have your students continue placing squares of tissue paper on the tree, mixing the colors, until the tree is relatively full.
- Allow your students to use crayons, markers, colored pencils, or pastels to further decorate the page.