One Gorilla – Family Tree

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Welcome to Animal Adventure week of the Virtual Book Club – today we’re sharing a craft activity to go with the book One Gorilla: A counting book by Anthony Browne. With beautiful illustrations of some of our favourite primates it’s a fantastic Animal Book for counting with toddlers and preschoolers.

Family Tree Activity to go with the book One Gorilla:A counting book by Anthony Browne

One of the themes of the book is that primates are a family of animals and this idea got us talking about our family and who made up our family so taking that idea we decided to create a family tree.

What you need to Create a Family Tree

Ready Mixed Paint
Green Paper
Pictures of family members or pen

How to Create a Family Tree

To create our tree I thought it would be a lot of fun to use a straw to blow the paint into a tree form with J and T. Using ready-mixed paint I watered it down and the kids helped mixed it up – it needs to be a runny consitency to be able to be blown by the straw.

Creating a tree with straw blown paint

Then we placed some paint at the bottom of the paper in a puddle and using the straw blew it up into a tree like shape – at first T tried to suck but we quickly perfected the blowing technique and by turning the paper around for her we created a tree and then put it aside to dry.

Tree made by straw blowing paint to make a family tree

As my printer has yet to be set up (yes I am a tech geek and my husband works in computers but we haven’t got the printer working yet!) we couldn’t go with my original plan to use pictures of family members for the family tree instead we had to write the names of people.

creating a family tree with kids

I cut out with J’s help some leaf shapes to write the names of and then we talked about our family and who makes up the family. With T’s help and J’s we wrote the names of people in the family on the leaves. Then J and T stuck them onto the tree their names and our dog at the bottom workng up to grandparents at the top.

One Gorilla: A Counting Book activity creating a family tree using straw blown paint techniqueThis week Toddler Approved has shared an activity to go with The Little Mouse, the red ripe strawberry and the big hungry bear and The Educators’ Spin On It has shared an activity to go with Mouse Count. This is the last week of the Virtual Book Club Summer Camp and I hope you have enjoyed our activities.

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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and now mum. She's passionate about supporting learning at school at home, bringing books alive, giving kids life skills and exploring the world around us sharing Creative, Family Friendly, Fun Ideas for the whole family on Rainy Day Mum

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