The Giving Tree Activities and Crafts for Children

Here’s an awesome collection of The Giving Tree activities and crafts to use at home or in the classroom based on this classic children’s book by Shel Silverstein.

The Giving Tree is about a little boy and an apple tree and their unconditional love for each other. As the young boy grows into an old man, the tree still cherishes the boy’s visits to his tree trunk. This classic story offers the life lesson of giving and kindness.


The Giving Tree Activities and Crafts at Home

The Giving Tree Handprint Craft

The Giving Tree Handprint Craft from Making Learning Fun is a great way for young children to make their own handprint apple tree. 

The Giving Tree Family Tree

Make a Giving Tree Family Tree with handprints of all family members from Read and Create.

The Giving Tree Snack

The Giving Tree snack idea from Fantastic Fun and Learning where the tree branches are made from pretzels and the leaves are grapes. 

The Giving Tree Leaf Crowns

The Giving Tree Leaf Crowns from Fumbling Through Homeschooling. Go on a nature walk and use what you collect to make a crown of leaves.

The Giving Tree Sensory Tub

Have your child help you create a Giving Tree themed sensory tub (inspired by this one at I Heart Crafty Things) with different types of toilet paper tube trees and anything else that inspires you from this wonderful story.

The Giving Tree Apple Picking Activity

Try this gross motor apple picking activity from Hands on As We Grow.

Giving Tree Crockpot Applesauce

Have your child help you make homemade applesauce! (recipe from Teach it with Class)

Service Projects for Kids

35 Service Projects for Kids of all ages to experience giving from Kid World Citizen.

The Giving Tree Activities and Crafts at School

Add these activities to your Giving Tree lesson plans.

The Giving Tree Writing

Use this writing activity (found at Around the Kampfire) to retell the story, share how you can give to others (being cheerful givers), or to persuade someone to be kind. This is an activity for the whole class.


The Giving Tree Retelling Props

After a reading of The Giving Tree, encourage your young readers to retell the story with these FREE printable retelling props from Teaching Curious Kids in her Teachers Pay Teachers store. This literacy lesson could be used in small groups.



Here’s a math lesson that focuses on number sense with a Giving Tree theme from Fun Learning for Kids


The Giving Tree Costume

Isn’t this The Giving Tree costume absolutely perfect for a school storybook parade? Found here.


Here’s a great read aloud of The Giving Tree:


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  • Reply Vanessa Neroutsou

    We love that book! And we do an activity too…you can check it here..
    Even though it’s in greek i am sure u can get the idea by viewing the images…
    Thank u for sharing your great ideas!

    September 14, 2017 at 11:06 am
    • Reply Nicole

      Yes! Thanks for the link!

      September 14, 2017 at 8:25 pm
  • Reply Stacia

    Great ideas. My daughter just received this book the other day.

    September 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm
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