Design a Fall tree with loose parts!  This is a great way to manipulate various shaped objects within a space to create an image!


  • Tray (we used an expanding utensil tray)
  • Containers
  • Loose parts in Fall leaf colours (small tiles, beads, curtain hooks, marbles, glass gems, pom poms, buttons,  jingle bells etc.)
  • Popsicle sticks, dowels etc. to form the trunk (You could also use branches and twigs which would be beautiful!)
  • Printable: falltree
  • Stand

We always find these items useful too:



  • Print out our free printable and pop it in a stand if you like.  You could also put it into a page protector and tape it to a table if that was your child’s/ classroom’s work space.
  • Arrange your loose parts into small containers (we re-used deli containers etc.) and pop them onto your tray.  We used an expandable utensil tray to house the materials.
  • Put this out onto your work space and see what kinds of trees the children come up with.  If you find that some of materials aren’t staying in your intended place, a sheet of felt underneath or moving the activity to the carpet may help.
  • Document the work by taking a photo to display before they return the materials to the tray for another tree to be made!

Design a Fall tree with loose parts!

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Fine Motor Fun:  Create a Fall Tree with Loose Parts!


  • Manipulating various shaped objects within a space to create an image, developing one’s fine motor skills.

Safety Notes

  • Small items such as beads, gems etc. can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.
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