We’ve reached “X” on the A-Z healthy eating series and I hope your little ones have enjoyed crafting and tasting some new foods! We’ve chosen “Xtremely delicious berries” to craft our magical berry trees with this week, to the delight of my boys.
Blueberries and raspberries are a favourite snack with my boys so I had no trouble convincing them to craft with them. Blueberries are small and round (like a marble according to my Little boy) with a smooth skin that is coloured dark blue. Inside the flesh is bluish and contains tiny seeds (see if you can spot them). Blueberries are great to eat as they are but can also be enjoyed in a fruit salad, ice cream, cakes or muffins.
Raspberries are my Big boy’s favourite fruit and they have a very distinctive look. Each raspberry is made up of a collection of tiny fruits, each with its own seed covered in red skin and flesh, which form a helmet-shaped cluster around a small stem. When harvested the cluster comes away from the stem leaving a hollow in the centre. Raspberries are larger than blueberries at about 1.5-2cm long, are cylinder-shaped, with deep red colouring and a sweet flavour.
Today’s magical berry trees is a wonderful opportunity to foster creativity in children as they can decorate their trees as creatively as they desire to make them unique. Encourage your little ones to use a variety of craft materials for decoration as the outcome will be well worth it.
We’ve used toilet rolls and discarded cardboard in this craft as it is a great way to recycle these materials and a valuable opportunity to reinforce with little ones the importance of reusing materials. Little ones will enjoy the colouring in or painting parts of this craft and it is a great fine development activity as well. Depending on the thickness of the cardboard you use for the tree canopy, younger children will require some adult assistance to cut the cardboard. It is preferable to use thicker cardboard so that it can stand on its own once the berries have been glued on.
Have fun making these magical berry trees, hope the fairies drop by to visit!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE MAGICAL BERRY TREES:
- 1 x Toilet roll
- Assorted berries
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MAGICAL BERRY TREES:
- Paint or colour in the toilet rolls to resemble tree trunks. We coloured ours in with crayons.
- Draw and cut out two tree canopy shapes from cardboard. Paint the tree canopies as preferred. We pressed ours onto bubble wrap covered in paint to achieve the dotted effect.
- Cut a slit from the top about half way down one canopy. Cut a slit from the bottom of the other canopy. Slot the two canopies into the slit to form an X shape.
- Cut slits on the top of the tree trunk so that the X-shaped canopy can be slotted into the toilet roll to stand on its own.
- Hot glue berries and other decorations onto tree canopy.
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