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
- Blue construction paper
- Standard pencil with an eraser
What You Do:
- Trace your lower arm, including your fingers, on the blue construction paper, trace your lower arm. This will form the tree trunk and the tree branches.
- Use the brown paint and paintbrush to paint the trunk and the bottom of the branches.
- Cut green and red tissue paper into 1.5 inch squares. Store the squares inside a plastic bag to keep them together.
- Apply the tissue paper to the tree with glue.
- Continue placing squares of tissue paper on the tree, mixing the colors, until the tree is relatively full.
- Use crayons, paints, or pastels to further decorate the page.