There is a kaleidoscope of colors outside my window right now that is SO gorgeous! I just want to bottle the color up and keep it forever. I love finding new ways to bring the outside in, especially in fall when the weather can easily turn from sunny and lovely to chilly and wet.
This DIY felt fall counting tree is a simple, but special tool to help kids learn so many wonderful lessons. Beyond learning about the natural autumn processes, you can use this tree as an autumn counting, sorting or color-teaching tool!
Another thing I love about this quick fall felt DIY is that it’s ridiculously versatile. You can change the colors to teach different seasons or suit your particular preferences. You can cut out other leaf shapes. You can add velcro and use it as part of a felt storyboard – the sky’s the limit with this sweet tree. This is a great companion project to use with our easy DIY bean bag gnome softies or feature mix-and-match Jack-O-Lanterns too!
To make a felt fall counting tree you’ll need:
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Felt Counting Tree Instructions:
- Download & print our felt counting tree template or draw your own
Download, print and cut out our felt counting tree template to help you create the same trunk and leaf shape we did at the same scale.
You can also draw your own simple tree trunk template!
- Trace and cut a tree trunk
Trace the tree trunk shape onto a piece of brown felt with fabric chalk or a permanent marker and cut out.
- Trace leaves on to different felt colors & cut
Trace multiple leaves onto a variety of felt colors and cut out. We traced 5 leaves each onto 9 different colors of felt for a total of 45 leaves.
This fall rainbow tree has so many fun uses. You can ask your littles to add or take away specific colors or color families. You can use it for counting or simple math practice by asking prompts like, “can you take away two blue leaves?” or “how many leaves are on the tree now…?”
You can also help them learn about the seasons (and it works SO well for autumn). Use 30 or 31 leaves to create a countdown to the end of September or October. Or use it as part of a broader discussion about nature or tree processes throughout the seasons.
For more simple autumn learning play, collect some real leaves for an adorable mouse mail fine motor skill activity. And be sure to download our free printable leaf activity kit to take outside for leaf hunts, matching games, and more!
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