December 9, 2010

Little Tree Window Display

With a little painter's tape and some Crayola window markers A and I collaborated to make this colorful Christmas tree window display.

Taping off the tree only took me a couple minutes, but filling in the tree kept her busy for a good half hour. Long enough for me to get started on some home made Christmas gifts!

Little Tree by e.e. cummings & Chris Raschka

Little TreeWhen Christy @ Superheroes & Princesses posted about this book, I knew I needed to find it. Luckily for me our library had it! I can see why Christy has added it to her collection. The illustrations are superb: colorful, primitive, and yet complex, they captivated both A and myself. The story tells about a little tree who is happy to be taken from his forest to be sold to a little family and decorated for Christmas. The story is based on an e.e. cummings poem which is printed in its entirety at the start of the book. Strangely enough, A was restless through most of the story - I ended up improvising a toddler-abbreviated version - but she asked me to read the poem out-loud and listened quietly to all seven stanzas. Just shows the power of good poetry!

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- stART @ A Mommy's Adventures


  1. Oooh . . . that's cute. We have those window markers, and I love the idea of taping off a picture to color.

  2. My four year old could not sit through this book until this year, but she has always enjoyed the poem too!

    I love your window decoration. My kids love to use window markers, so we will have to try this!

    Thanks for the link.

  3. I just picked that book up from the library, but we haven't had a chance to read it yet. Terrific window art - I love the use of painters tape!

  4. I do believe the kiddos an I need to decorate our windows this way...

    THANK YOU for the inspiration!

  5. I literally just bought those markers as a stocking stuffing for my girls.
    I'm looks like they work pretty well.
    Happy holidays to you and your family!

  6. This beats using window clings! First I've heard of the window crayons. What fun! I know I've read a version of that story, but not that particular book.

  7. I love this book -- and almost everything by Raschka -- too.

  8. Oh, my two would ADORE painting on the windows... they wouldnt get enough of it. Will have to check those crayons out! Very cute activity!

    Kids Get Crafty

  9. JDaniel would love to get to draw on the windows.

  10. oh this is delightful, love it, so simple but so cute.

  11. We read the book too - I still have mixed feeling about it, especially about the text. Great window art to go with it!


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