The “After Christmas Tree” book and activity for preschool

This is one of my absolute favorite books to read after Christmas. It is called the “The After-Christmas Tree” by Linda Wagner Tyler.

This is a book about what to do with the Christmas tree after all the decorations are down. The children keep the spirit of giving alive by decorating the tree with items to feed the birds and other animals that live outdoors.

Once you read the book, your students can make birdseed ornaments and garlands of nuts and cranberries to take outside and hang on a tree in your yard or play ground.

Links to grow on…

Here are some birdseed ornaments or feeders that your students can make as a follow-up to this book…

Cookies for the Birds by Greening Sam and Avery

Presents for our woodland friends by Rockabye Butterfly

“Frozen Birdseed” by Almost Unschoolers

Milk Bottle Bird feeder” by Nurture Store

Christmas for the Birds” by Silly Eagle Books

Pine Cone Bird Feeder” by The Amazing Mess

Biscuit Bird Feeders” by Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Binoculars” by Crafty Crafted

For a little something else to do, try this little After-Christmas Tree craft….

What you will need:

  • 1 part glue and 1 part brown paint mixed together
  • Green construction paper strips cut into varied lengths
  • Bird seed
  • Paper to put it all on

What you will do:

Start by letting the child paint the brown paint and glue mixture on the paper in the form of a tree (or a big blob will do:)

Next, add the green paper strips on top of the brown paint and glue mixture…

Then drip some more glue on top of the paper strips and any where else desired…

Now it is time to add some birdseed to the glue.  I didn’t have any birdseed on hand and so like all good preschool teachers learn how to do – I improvised. I used a Salad Topper mix 🙂

This salad topper has been sitting in my cabinet and since I rarely cook – it hasn’t ever been opened. So I found a good use for it! I thought it looks kind of like birdseed don’t you? But it smells better and it is edible too!

Once the glue dries, just shake off the “bird seed” that didn’t stick and you have your very own After-Christmas tree!

Want to see more ideas for this book – Check out this post by “A Place Called Kindergarten!”

By |2010-12-31T18:16:57+00:00December 31st, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. [email protected] January 1, 2011 at 7:15 am - Reply

    I always feel sad when the Christmas tree goes and Christmas is ‘over’ but now I feel inspired to create something in the garden instead. Thank you for these ideas – and thanks for including our bird feeder.

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      My pleasure Cathy!

  2. Bev January 1, 2011 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Love the improv!in fact, I think my parrots would go crazy for the salad toppings!

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      LOL – I thought it would work well too:)

  3. Almost Unschoolers January 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the link – and the great book recommendation!

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 1, 2011 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      You are welcome:)

  4. vanessa @ silly eagle books January 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the link! This looks like a really great book. I’m going to see if our library has it.

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 2, 2011 at 11:46 pm - Reply

      I hope they do!

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