Matching Color Tree Art


This project turned out to be a little too simplistic for Travis, although I thought he’d love it since he’s very into glue sticks these days. As a result, I recommend it for younger tots just learning their colors, since Travis practically rolled his eyes at me (a hint of the teenage years to come!)

Still, I’m glad we did the project since it was simple and cute. I drew a tree on paper with brown marker for the trunk and green marker for the leaves, and set it aside.

I then enlisted Travis’s help tearing up a sheet of green and brown construction paper, which is always enjoyable of course.


Next it was time to smear the whole tree with a glue stick.


I then asked Travis which squares of torn paper should go where, green or brown for the trunk, and green or brown for the leaves?



Cue the above-mentioned eye rolling, but Travis did dutifully glue down the torn strips where they were supposed to go.


He liked the end result of the project, so we hung it on the fridge. But again, this one is probably better for tots just learning their colors.



Mitten Mania


We played two games this week with mittens as the theme – perfect for this time of year when you can’t walk out the door without mittens on your hands! Both are very easy to D.I.Y with a few materials.

For the first, you’ll need felt in multiple colors. I traced a mitten template and then cut one mitten from each color of the rainbow. Finally, cut a circle from white felt to be your snowball.


Place all of the mittens on the floor and have your child close his or her eyes. Hide the snowball under one mitten, and now it’s time to guess which color is hiding the snowball!


Travis loved the feel of the felt, so it was a delight to lift each mitten and see if the snowball was hidden there. We talked about the colors as we played, and did a few rounds before Travis got bored.


The second game came to us in February’s High 5 magazine, and is an introduction to the classic game of Memory. I cut mittens from fancy sheets of patterned paper (although you could also use plain construction paper in multiple colors).


Travis was a big help using the glue stick to attach each pair of mittens to black construction paper, which I had previously cut into squares.


Arrange all of the squares, mitten side down, on the floor, and take turns selecting two cards. If you get a match, keep them! Otherwise, turn them back to black and it’s the next person’s turn. Whoever gets the most matches wins.


Travis is still a little young to entirely grasp the concept of turn-taking and game rules, but he loved finding a “match” or a “mis-match” as he reached among the cards, and played with the mittens for quite some time after while I was busy making lunch.


This is definitely a game we’ll return to as he gets older and grasps it more each time.