We had so much fun making these Truffula Trees after reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. The boys played for a looong time with their lorax trees, which made the little bit of prep work every bit worth it! :)
Check out our ultimate guide to Dr Seuss Activities For Preschoolers.
This idea was modified from Woo Jr.. I absolutely love the way the homemade yarn pom-poms imitate the illustrations in The Lorax book.
How To Make A Truffula Tree
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Pipe cleaners
- Yarn (not pictured)
- a hot glue gun
- green playdough (we used our Lemongrass Scented playdough from almost a year ago and it was still good!)
We received the Fuzzy Sticks (aka Pipe Cleaners) and poms compliments of Craft Project Ideas.
Oh, and you’ll want to pick up a copy of The Lorax as well to read along with this truffula tree activity!
Instructions For A DIY Truffula Tree:
1. Take two pipe cleaners and twist them together. We used yellow and black to stay true to the truffula tree illustrations in the Dr. Seuss book, of course. :)
2. Make your pom-poms from yarn. Just wrap the yarn around two of your fingers several times. Carefully slide the yarn off your fingers. Cut an extra piece of yarn and tie the wad together (horizontally). Make sure you tie it tight. Then use scissors to cut the “loops” of yarn! (If you didn’t understand these instructions, here is a lengthier pom-pom tutorial that might help.)
3. Make a small loop at the end of your pipe cleaner “trunks” and then add some hot glue.
4. Stick the pom-pom on the hot glue and let it dry completely. You can also do the same thing with the pre-made poms. We did a few of those first, but I really liked the “fuzziness” of the yarn pom-poms. :)
5. Give your child the green playdough and the truffula trees and let him/her start playing!
A truffula tree!
So proud of his truffula tree forest!