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Tree Hands

Tree Hands

In this activity, students trace their hands and forearms to form the trunks and branches of trees.


To increase appreciation of trees


  • Cardboard
  • Colored paper
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Scissors


45 minutes


This is a simple arts-and-crafts project for young children. Help the kids trace their hands and most of their forearms on a piece of cardboard, then have them cut the outlines out. Their arms will be the trunks of trees and their fingers will be the branches. The kids now cut out small paper leaves that can then be glued onto the branches. They can also draw and cut out birds, butterflies, and other animals that live in the trees and write meaningful words and quotes on their trees. To keep the trees upright, create a base or attach a small, folded piece of cardboard to its back.

This lesson plan is an activity from the Environmental Activities for Youth Clubs and Camps, a resource developed by the Peace Corps Office of Overseas Programming and Training (OPATS). It was contributed by Peace Corps/Mexico.