TREES IN FALL – Shape, Line, Colour

Students create fall trees using torn paper and melted crayon on an overhead transparency.

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TREES IN FALL – Shape, Line, Colour


  • Crayola Crayons - red, yellow, orange
  • Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") - brown and black
  • Crayola Glue Sticks
  • Iron
  • Parchment Paper
  • Old Newspapers
  • Write On Overhead Transparencies - 1 per student


Step 1
  1. Hold the construction paper flat on the desk with one hand.
  2. Gently tear a strip of paper about 3 cm wide with your other hand.
  3. This will be the trunk of your tree
  4. Tear smaller strips for the branches of your tree.
Step 2
  1. Use a glue stick to glue the strips of paper to the overhead transparency.
  2. Make sure you use lots of glue.
  3. Press the paper onto the transparency and gently rub over it with your fingers to flatten it.
Step 3
  1. Use warm coloured crayons - red, yellow and orange.
  2. Remove the paper from the crayons.
  3. Use the blade of a scissors to scrape off small shavings of crayon onto a plastic placemat.
  4. Make about 1/3 cup of mixed shavings.
Step 4
  1. Sprinkle the crayon shavings over the branches of the tree.
Step 5
  1. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the transparency.
Step 6
  1. Set the iron to low.
  2. Gently iron over the parchment paper until you see the crayon shavings melt.
  3. Remove the iron.
  4. Let the paper cool for 30 seconds.
  5. Carefully pull the parchment paper off the transparency.
Step 7
  1. Cut black construction paper strips and glue them to both sides of the transparencies to make a frame.
  2. Tape all the pictures to a window to let the light shine through.
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