These paper bag trees are so easy to make, and I think they turned out really well. The kids really enjoy having them on our table, and every time we see it, it reminds us to be kind. Also, the tree really does encourage kind behaviors (now if I could just get them to replace the tattling too!)
To make your own Paper bag tree, you will need…a large paper bag. You will also need a little recycled paper for the bottom, a pair of scissors, and some green construction paper and string for the leaves.
1. Put just a little bit of paper into the bag at the bottom. This helps your tree to stand up properly.
2. Use scissors to cut slits from the top of the bag about 2/3 of the way down to the bottom. Cut the slits all around the outside of the bag. You want the slits to be about ½’ to 1’ apart which will create long paper tabs.
3. Then put your hand at the base of the bag, and with your other hand twist the middle of the bag (and paper slits) until it creates the trunk that that will hold its shape. It may need a few good turns. Use your hands to adjust the paper until the trunk stands on the paper base.
4. Now twist each paper tab from its base (near the trunk) until you get to the end.
5. Now all you need to do is cut leaf shapes from the green construction paper. A. really enjoyed using a hole punch to create holes on one side of the leaves. Then lace a piece of yarn or string though the hole in the leaf, and tie the string to make a loop. You can now write your acts of kindness and giving on a leaf, and hang it on your kindness tree.
I hope you enjoy this activity! We sure did!