Rainy Day Crafting: Groovy Rainbow Fruit Salad Tree

This is the way most of our craft projects start… Luca says something like “mom… what if there were purple banana trees?”. We never seem to be organized enough to actually plan out craft projects in advance, so we just go with it when inspiration hits. Many times we don’t get much father than paper and crayons… but this time I just happened to glancing over at a pile of cardboard to go out with our recycling just as Luca was saying the words “purple banana tree”. Eureka!

We had a lot of fun cutting, painting, gluing and raiding our random craft supplies. Pretty soon our purple banana tree turned into a “work in progress” rainbow fruit salad tree. Luca has big plans to add lemons, apples and pigeons (?) to the other sides of our tree in the coming weeks. I may have to throw in a butterfly or two… just because. We’ll keep you posted on our progress. Our tree has already been called into service as a prop for Luca’s current favorite game “monkey circus”, and comes in handy for our imaginary restaurant where sparkly bananas are always on the menu.

Not only was this project fun and satisfyingly messy…. we got to talking about our favorite foods that grow on trees (and also animals who call trees home). I love how projects like these always spark curiosity and conversation.