Painting colorful trees in preschool

The children have been exploring the four seasons throughout the week and today they painted trees…

The teacher had set out paper with a tree form already on it (the children probably could have drawn their own trees) and a variety of paint colors with paint brushes. This was one of many different activities the children were able to choose from today…

Each of the children chose their own unique approach to painting their trees. This little boy seemed to prefer painting the letters in his name over painting the tree…

He eventually decided to add a few more colors to his painting…

This little girl started by painting her tree trunk a deep brown. Then she went back over the brown with white paint. All the children seemed to be very interested in the white paint….

And then she added bright colors to each branch of the tree. Just as I thought she was done, she went over to get a crayon and began drawing a person under the tree. A wonderful piece of multi-media artwork!

I just love all the colors! Now this was a very inviting table!

Links to other trees…

Hand shape and finger print tree from Paper Crafts

Blooming tree handprints from Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers

Footprint Palm Tree from Crafty Crafted

Fall trees from Teach Preschool

Summer trees from Teach Preschool

Spring trees from Teach Preschool

Winter trees from Teach Preschool

Tree trunk crayon rubbings from Chasing Cheerios

By |2011-03-30T18:00:19+00:00March 30th, 2011|

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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. Centers and Circle Time March 31, 2011 at 5:40 am - Reply

    I agree Deb, I’m sure allowing them to paint their own tree would have been great! Thanks for sharing!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 31, 2011 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      They still enjoyed the experience but I would have loved to see what their trees would have looked liked too! Perhaps next time:)

  2. Kelly, Little Wonders' Days March 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    This looks great. I love the way the table is set up and the trees are ready to be painted.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 31, 2011 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      Thank you for stopping by Kelly:)

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