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Read Dr. Seuss’s classic The Lorax this Arbor Day (April 29) and make your own Truffula trees that you can speak for!If you like this craft, check out our Trees, Trees, Trees activity – another great way to celebrate Arbor Day.

What You’ll Need:
*The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
*Cotton balls (3 per craft)
*Water
*Food coloring
*Rubber or latex gloves
*Pipe cleaners (3 per craft)
*Green playdough

Preparation:
*Use food coloring as dye for the cotton balls to make the colorful tops of the Truffula trees. The food coloring will stain your hands, so we recommend using latex or rubber gloves. Add a drop or two of food coloring to some water. Repeat with two different colors so you’ll have three colors total. Dip your cotton ball into the colored water and squeeze so that the color permeates the whole cotton ball. Repeat with the remaining two cotton balls in the other two colors. Allow to dry.
*Cut the pipe cleaners in half.

Activity:
*Read The Lorax together. Talk about why trees are so important to our environment. If the Lorax didn’t speak for the trees, what would have happened? What environmental concern should we speak for or try to do something about?
*Twist two pipe cleaners together to form the trunk of a Truffula tree. Repeat twice for a total of three trunks.
*Make a small green mound out of the playdough.
*Poke one end of the pipe cleaner trunk into the cotton ball. Poke the other end into the playdough to make your tree stand up. Do the same with the remaining trunks and cotton balls.
*Send us a picture of your kids and their Truffula trees and we may post it to our site! info@mycalendarmaker.com.

Suggested Resources:
*The Lorax - at Amazon.com

This activity can be found in the Book Club section of our site.