This cute hand print tree is a perfect Spring or Mother’s Day craft. I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was so cute. It makes a great classroom or table decoration. I changed it up a little by having the children color their own tree. I did this craft with my daughter age 2 and a group of preschoolers (ages 3 and 4). They all loved doing the craft. They loved the fact that their hand was a tree. They also had fun gluing on the hearts. Follow the step-by-step directions below to make you own Tree of Hearts hand print craft.
Materials: white oak tag or very thick construction paper, different colored construction paper (can be light weight), crayons, scissors, glue
Set up: Using construction paper, cut out a variety of hearts in different sizes and colors. You can substitute hearts for circles or any other shape.
Step 1: Have the children put their hand towards the top of the oak tag or thick construction paper. Trace their hand and part of their forearm. Leave about an inch of space above the bottom of the paper. This will be the tree and tree trunk. Starting at the bottom of the “trunk” draw a line across the page, this will be the grass.
Step 2: Have the children color in their tree and the grass.
Step 3: When they are finished cut out their hand print. On one side of the line cut a slit on the top. On the other side of the line cut a slit up the bottom (as shown in the picture). When you inter lock the slits the paper will stand up.
Step 4: Have the children glue the hearts on the “branches” (fingers) of the tree.
Optional: Step 5: If you are making their for Mother’s Day, write Happy Mother’s Day on a piece of construction paper and glue it under your tree.