Posted May 22, 2014 by Elmers
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    Sand Tree Painting

    Paint a tree that feels like real, rough tree bark!
    • Easy
    • 30 min
    • 5 - 8

    Supplies Needed


    • Talk with students about the four seasons. Ask students to describe the weather of each season. Then, have students draw a tree in each of the four seasons. Encourage students to discuss the differences in each of the four pictures.
    • Why do some tree leaves change color during the fall? Have students research why leaves change color, which is due to the slowing down of photosynthesis because of the lack of light and water during the winter. Help students create a list of deciduous trees, whose leaves change color and fall off, and a list of evergreen trees, whose leaves stay green all year round.
    • Use this activity to introduce key vocabulary words, such as bark, deciduous, evergreen, texture, senses, painting, nerve, and brain. Help students use each new vocabulary word in a sentence.


    1. Mix glue and sand together in a small bowl to get a thick consistency. If the mixture gets too gloppy, add water.
    2. Paint the glue and sand mixture onto a sheet of construction paper to form a tree. Start at the bottom of the sheet and work your way up to form the trunk of the tree. Branch off near the top to create tree limbs. Let the glue dry completely.
    3. Use Paint and 3D Washable Paint Pens™ to create leaves, apples, flowers, grass, ect. Let the paint dry completely.
    4. Touch your tree—it will feel like real bark!


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