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Fun Lorax Truffula Tree Craft Fork Painting for Kids

Are you searching for creative and simple Lorax Truffula Tree craft ideas? This fork painting project is an ideal Dr. Seuss activity for preschoolers! We adore simple art projects, such as this one.

Combine it with a reading of “The Lorax” for an enjoyable afternoon or as part of a day filled with Dr. Seuss activities. Inspire young readers while commemorating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day with these delightful Truffula Tree paintings for preschoolers.

Explore our extensive collection of craft ideas for kids to discover a treasure trove of projects perfect for creative minds of any age, any time of year. Or crafts provide a range of activities that can inspire your child’s imagination with countless hours of artistic exploration.

One blue painted truffula tree and one pink with pom pom centers. Each has a chevron striped straw for a trunk.

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Fun Lorax Truffula Tree Painting Craft Learning Benefits

This is a super easy Dr. Seuss craft to do with your toddlers or preschoolers and was inspired by the always popular “The Lorax” book and The Lorax movie.

Since our kids love this movie, this fork painting activity was an easy way to get them excited about having a fun Dr. Seuss-themed afternoon reading the book as well as making Lorax trees!

This Truffula Tree craft activity is perfect for preschoolers. It’s made for littler kids to learn new skills and have fun creating something beautiful easily. A low frustration level art project for more hesitant children is a great confidence-builder!

The fork tines give a great texture, and they’ll have unexpected fun using a familiar utensil for creating art. Using something other than a paintbrush is fun!

Finding the right grip for the fork upside down and backward, and then controlling it, is a great exercise in building fine motor skills and strengthening little hands, not to mention building critical thinking skills.

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More Dr. Seuss Crafts for Kids

If you’re enthusiastic about expanding the Dr. Seuss-themed adventure, we’ve compiled a variety of craft ideas that capture the whimsy and vibrant essence of Dr. Seuss’s stories.

Each craft provides an opportunity for children to dive deeper into the world of Seuss, encouraging their creativity and love for storytelling.

These crafts are designed to be as enjoyable to make as they are to display, ensuring that the magic of Dr. Seuss continues to spark imaginations long after the crafting is done.

Acrylic paints, pom poms, chevron paper straws, plastic fork, and tacky glue laying on paper.

Lorax Truffula Tree Craft Supplies

This arts and crafts project is perfect for a creative afternoon! You can gather materials easily found around your home. It’s a fun and simple way to get crafty using items you may already have on hand.

Use items like craft paints for vibrant colors, plastic forks for unique textures, and white paper as a canvas.

Paper straws with stripes or chevrons provide added design elements and optional pom poms to add a playful touch to your creation.

Be sure to have paper towels handy for cleaning, a paint palette or paper plate for color mixing, as well as glue and scissors for assembly.

Get ready to enjoy a relaxing crafting session with this simple yet engaging project!

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How to Fork Paint Truffula Trees

These Truffula Trees are made by painting with a fork. You can use a regular fork or a plastic one.

While the original “The Lorax” Truffula Trees were orange and pink, you can use any color paint.

Encourage young minds to stretch and use any color but traditional green. Why are these trees different than the ones you see outside? This is a fun opportunity to further activate critical thinking skills.

Would this book be as fun if everything looked the same as it does in real life? Why or why not?

Fork in yellow paint in middle of small white paint palette.

You can also use this as an opportunity to teach your kids about colors by mixing them to create something fun and new. Don’t forget to tell them what happens when you mix too many colors though at once…brown!

Squeeze a drop of each paint color you would like to use onto a paper plate or a paint palette. Rub the backside of the fork in the paint.

Brush the fork against the paper in a circular motion, pushing the tines outward.

Orange plastic fork rubbing yellow paint onto white paper.

Once you have created one “The Lorax” Truffula Tree, wipe the fork with a paper towel and repeat using a second color.

Note: If you have a large group of children participating in this Lorax Truffula Tree craft (either at home or in the classroom), set out one paper plate or paint palette for each color paint and its own plastic fork.

This is tons of fun for kids who like getting messy with paint, and parents who prefer less mess and more structure in craft time.

If you are a daring mom, before you let the paint dry, you could even sprinkle with glitter to make your Truffula Trees shine!

Yellow, blue and pink fork painted Truffula trees with matching pom poms in the center.

Cut the paper straws to length and glue them onto the paper to make Truffula tree trunks.

Use pom poms to make your Truffula Tree craft fun and more dimensional. The kids will enjoy working with mixed media plus they can practice color matching at the same time.

Carefully glue the pom poms to the center of the Truffula Tree.

Finished Truffula trees fork painting with yellow, blue, and pink trees and green paper grass at the bottom.

Finish this project with a fringe of green construction paper along the bottom to look like grass. Little hands will get fine motor skills practice while snipping the grass without cutting through to the bottom.

Tips for Using This Craft in Lesson Plans

All of the steps of this activity are easy to manage, and it’s a great way for them to practice following directions, using hand-eye coordination, and focusing on creating something fun in the process.

Challenge preschoolers to sort the supplies into like piles first (paint with paint, straws with straws, etc.).

A fun way to reinforce these simple directions is to go over them together, and then see if they can recite them back. Preschoolers will strengthen their memory and recall skills.

Before you start the craft, read “The Lorax” to your kids, being particularly aware of pointing out the Truffula Trees and talking about them. Afterward is the perfect time to discuss nature both in real life and in the book.

Some questions to ask can be “What do you like about trees?” “How would you feel if you went to the park and there was nothing there?” “Do you think it’s more fun to have a blank piece of paper or one with pictures of trees? Why?”

Incorporate even more critical thinking skills by asking why they think Dr. Seuss made his trees colorful and funny-shaped when the ones outside are usually green and simply shaped.

Then gather your supplies and have fun letting your kids get creative!

More Dr. Seuss Activities for Kids

Making a fun Dr. Seuss craft like these cute Truffala Tree fork paintings is just another great way to feature one of your favorite authors in your daily routine.

Fun crafts, movies, and books can go together easily to create a Dr. Seuss-themed day in your home or preschool classroom. Kids of all ages love the silliness of these books, from the wordplay to the illustrations.

To extend the fun, here are some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books for preschoolers to keep the fun and zaniness going after the Truffle Tree craft!

These books aren’t only silly, these books also reintroduce important knowledge for all kids and encourage participation and imagination.

The Lorax (Classic Seuss)The Lorax (Classic Seuss)The Lorax (Classic Seuss)Oh, the Places You'll Go!Oh, the Places You’ll Go!Oh, the Places You'll Go!Dr. Seuss's Book of Colors (Bright & Early Books(R))Dr. Seuss’s Book of Colors (Bright & Early Books(R))Dr. Seuss's Book of Colors (Bright & Early Books(R))Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!Dr. Seuss and Philosophy: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!Dr. Seuss and Philosophy: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!Dr. Seuss and Philosophy: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!Oh, Say Can You Say?Oh, Say Can You Say?Oh, Say Can You Say?


Adding in their own related art component not only extends the activity but stretches your preschoolers to think outside the box…and into a magical world full of learning opportunities and art!

More Book Crafts for Kids

Dive into the pages and beyond with delightful book-themed crafts perfect for little readers. Just as books open the doors to new worlds, our craft ideas aim to extend the storytelling adventure through hands-on activities.

These crafts encourage children to engage deeper with the stories they read, bridging their imaginative journeys with creative expression.

We hope you liked this “The Lorax” Truffula Trees craft project! Dr. Seuss never fails to engage young minds.

Toddlers and preschoolers will have fun painting with forks. These can be flowers for a spring activity or Truffula Trees for little Dr. Seuss fans.

Fork Painted Truffula Trees Dr. Seuss Craft

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5 or less

Fork painting is a fun way to create Truffula Trees in this Dr. Seuss craft for preschoolers and kindergartners.


  • Craft Paints
  • Plastic forks
  • White paper
  • Paper straws (stripes or chevrons)
  • Pom Poms (optional)


  • Paper towel
  • Paint palette or paper plate
  • Glue
  • Scissors


    1. Squeeze a drop of each paint color you would like to use onto a paper plate or onto a paint palette.
    2. Rub the backside of the fork in the paint.
    3. Brush the back of the fork on the paper, pushing or dragging the tines outward to make the trees look fluffy.
    4. Cut and glue decorative straws for the tree trunks.
    5. Glue pom pom in the middle of the trees.
    6. Cut a strip of green construction paper and cut fringe on one side. Glue it to the bottom to look like grass.
    7. Let everything dry completely.


Have a separate plate and fork for each color if setting this activity up for a group of children.

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Monday 13th of June 2016

Those are adorable - what a fun project for kids!! Thank you for sharing it with us at the #HomeMattersParty

Darcy Zalewski

Thursday 16th of June 2016

Thanks, Jamie! Great group activity too. :)


Monday 13th of June 2016

This is so adorable! I've been looking for easy things to try with my kids this summer. Definitely adding this to the list! Thanks for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link!

Darcy Zalewski

Thursday 16th of June 2016

My kids get very curious about how using alternative painting tools looks. It's fun!

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