Every year, thousands of people flock to Washington, D.C., to take part in the National Cherry Blossom Festival that celebrates the spring season. According to the National Cherry Blossom Festival website, the first festival was a one-day event in 1927 that paid tribute to Tokyo's original gift of trees in 1912. The event has turned into a month-long festival that brings over 1.5 million visitors to the nation's capital to see the beautiful white and pink blooms of the cherry trees. As the first day of spring approaches, you can bring the excitement of the National Cherry Blossom Festival to your classroom and celebrate the arrival of spring with this fun craft! Extend learning by teaching children about cherry trees and joining Bloom Watch 2018 to see when the blossoms reach peak bloom.

Materials:

What to Do:

  1. Trace the Tree Outline with Glue – Download our free printable and print out copies on card stock paper. Have children trace the tree outline with glue. 
  2. Sprinkle with Salt – Sprinkle salt on top of the glue. Make sure as much of the glue is covered as possible. Shake off the excess salt.
  3. Apply Brown Watercolor Paint – Have children use a paintbrush to paint the tree brown. As children paint, they'll notice a cool spreading effect when they put paint on the salted glue. Let paint dry.
  4. Create Cherry Blossoms with Glue – Have children swirl glue around the tree branches to create the outline for the cherry blossoms. 
  5. Sprinkle with Salt – Sprinkle salt on top of the glue. Make sure as much of the glue is covered as possible. Shake off the excess salt.
  6. Apply Pink Watercolor Paint – Have children use a paintbrush to paint the pink cherry blossoms. Experiment with the amount of water you add to the liquid watercolor to make different shades of pink. Let paint dry.