I've enjoyed all the suggestions that your request has turned up.
My second graders just finished a tree project. We went out to look at
the lines of trees and the branching. They printed trees with the edge
of cardboard ( about 2 x 3" pieces ). They did the shape of the trunk
and branches first then filled in the whole tree- fat cardboard makes a
really nice texture of bark. In another class period we finished the
project by adding leaves and apples using q-tips dipped in melted
crayon. I have crayon melters that groups of children use. You could
also use muffin tins on warming trays. All of the children were pleased
with the results of their "real- looking" trees.
Jeryl- Anderson, S.C.