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Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry is the wonderful story of a Christmas tree that makes its way into 7 homes in time for Christmas. When Mr. Willowby gets his Christmas tree, it’s too tall, so he lops off the top. The butler gives it to the maid for her room, but it’s too tall, so she lops off the top. The cycle continues through the neighborhood forest creatures until 7 different families end up with Christmas trees
from that one tree.

How cute is that? Your littles will enjoy watching as the tree top gets smaller and do the families who use it. These activities will make the book even more fun.Craft and activities tutorials for the picture book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

Language

Expand on the wonderful rhyme scheme of Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree teaching this cute Christmas song to your kiddos. Sing it to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot. You can discuss the differences in the rhymes and rhythms between the book and the song.

I'm a Little Pine Tree is a fun song to sing to practice rhyming along with the picture book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

Science

Pine Needle Crystals Science Experiment is a fun activity to do with the picture book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

Pine Needle Crystals

What you need:

Pine Needle Crystals Science Experiment is a fun activity to do with the picture book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

  • 1 small branch of pine needles
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 Tbsp Borax powder
  • Tall glass jar (a mason jar will do)
  • Clothespin

What you do:

Pine Needle Crystals Science Experiment is a fun activity to do with the picture book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

  • Measure Borax powder into jar

Pine Needle Crystals Science Experiment is a fun activity to do with the picture book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

  • Boil water and pour into jar with Borax
  • Stir mixture together; powder won’t dissolve, it will merely be
    suspended in the liquid

Pine Needle Crystals Science Experiment is a fun activity to do with the picture book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

  • Put the clothespin on the branch to prop it atop the jar with the
    needles hanging into the liquid not touching the bottom of the jar
  • Allow to sit undisturbed for 24 hours
  • Carefully remove branch from solution and observe your beautiful
    crystals

Craft

7-Tiered Foam Christmas Tree Craft tutorial is a fun activitiy to do with the picture book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

7-Tiered Foam Christmas Tree

This cute craft will help your kiddos practice size recognition and can also be used with the book to engage in the story.

What you need:

7-Tiered Foam Christmas Tree Craft tutorial is a fun activitiy to do with the picture book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

What you do:

7-Tiered Foam Christmas Tree Craft tutorial is a fun activitiy to do with the picture book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

  • Cut a horizontal slit in the wide part at the base of each tree
    piece

7-Tiered Foam Christmas Tree Craft tutorial is a fun activitiy to do with the picture book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

  • Hole punch ornaments circles from other foam sheets

7-Tiered Foam Christmas Tree Craft tutorial is a fun activitiy to do with the picture book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

  • Glue ornaments onto tree pieces

7-Tiered Foam Christmas Tree Craft tutorial is a fun activitiy to do with the picture book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

  • Slide slits over craft stick, largest to smallest
  • Your 7 trees are now 1!

Food

Baking Greeb Veevet Christmas Trees with Cream Cheese Frosting is a fun activitiy to do with the picture book Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

Baking with littles is so. much. fun. This easy recipe is a red velvet bar turned green and cut into Christmas trees.

Green Velvet Christmas Trees with Cream Cheese Frosting

For the bars:

  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 oz green food coloring
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt

For the frosting:

  • 8 oz bar cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Red and green food coloring
  • Sealable sandwich bags

What you do:

For the bars:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Line the bottom of a brownie pan with aluminum foil, allowing at
    least 2 inches to extend over sides
  • Lightly grease foil
  • Melt chocolate and butter together on low heat, stirring until
    smooth
  • Transfer to mixing bowl
  • Add sugar, mixing to blend
  • Add eggs one at a time, blending after each addition
  • Add vanilla and food coloring and mix well
  • Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl
  • Gently stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients
  • Pour into pan
  • Bake 44 to 48 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center comes
    out clean
  • Cool Completely on wire rack
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut into Christmas trees
  • Sneakily eat the excess when your kids aren’t looking

For the frosting:

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer
    at medium speed until creamy
  • Gradually add powdered sugar and salt, beating until blended
  • Add vanilla, mix well
  • Divide into three cups
  • Add green food coloring to one cup, red food coloring to a second,
    and leave the third white
  • Transfer red and white icing to a sandwich bags
  • Frost bars with green frosting
  • Snip off one corner of each bag of red and white frosting and use to
    decorate

Reading this wonderful book and doing all the activities is a great way to get little ones ready for Christmas day. And it never hurts for them to
learn a little something, especially when they don’t even realize they’re learning!

KT Brison @ Lit Mama Homeschool

 

KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words. For more book-related crafts and activities, visit her at Lit Mama or connect with her on Facebook or Instagram.