It’s been a full week since everyone has gone back to school here in New York; both of my kids and myself. I’m attending Mercy College and all of my classes will be online. To celebrate this occasion, I wanted to do another art project with Squeaker focusing on the general theme of back to school. Naturally, my first inclination was to do something with apples… and that lead to all kinds of searches through Pinterest boards for Fall projects.
Eventually, I settled on something with trees.
I think that this something that I can continue to do with her every year, and another less messy art project.
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Back to School Art Project for Babies
You Will Need:
- a willing participant (Squeaker is 9 months old though I think this could work with almost any age infant if you have the patience)
- a marker or other drawing tool (I’d suggest using a washable one- we ended up using Crayola 24ct Mini Twistables Crayons)
- construction paper (green or brown- though if you want to get creative with your tree, go for it)
- glue & scissors (optional- we keep glue sticks handy for various projects)
- wipes (just in case)
- paint (optional- if you want to smash paint with the Ziploc bag or if baby enjoys finger-painting)
Not quite perfect tracing of her hands
If this isn’t perfect, don’t worry about it! I didn’t want to press my luck with her, so I’ll take what I can get. So long as the hand prints are near the top of the paper for your leaves, that’s all that really matters. Overlapping is also okay, and what I was ultimately going for.
Decorate Your Tree (or not)
I was originally going to try and have Squeaker apple paint (half of an apple dipped in a paint color of choice) to add to her tree, but, I couldn’t find an apple quite small enough and trying to get her to actually hold a whole apple was tricky. I think this is something we’ll expand on when she’s older. So, for now, we’re leaving our tree mostly plain because I wanted this to be about her artwork not mine… and I’m not that great of an artist so I doubt I could do much. So, instead, I just drew the trunk and wrote ‘Back to School’ on it.
That’s it really! We didn’t do much in terms of embellishment because of Squeaker’s age. I think it will be fun to do this every year so I can see her progress, plus we’ll have our own unique forest of art.
Do you and your family have any special back to school things that you do together?