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Let’s make a cardboard Truffula Tree and The Lorax craft today. This easy Dr. Seuss craft is great for kids of all ages, but preschoolers are especially excited about the bright shapes and simple steps.

Cereal box The Lorax craft for kids.

This cardboard crafts project is perfect for kids. They will love our ideas for upcycling to make a Truffula Tree and The Lorax Craft.

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The Lorax Classic Dr Seuss Book

Whether you are looking for a craft for Earth Day, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, or World Book Day, this truffula tree and The Lorax craft is perfect. The Lorax speaks for the trees and is a wonderful reminder to recycle or upcycle items that we have in our homes and try to find new uses for them.

Let’s read The Lorax!

Lorax Books for Kids

  • If you don’t have a copy of The Lorax book by Dr. Seuss, you can grab one on Amazon here.
  • If you have a beginning reader, check out the related level 1 Step Into Reading book, Look for the Lorax.
  • Younger kids will love the board book, I am the Lorax.

How to make The Lorax cardboard crafts

Things we always seem to have plenty of here are cardboard boxes and paper rolls.

Supplies needed to make a Lorax craft using cardboard boxes.

Supplies Needed for Lorax & Truffula Tree Crafts

  • 2 Cardboard boxes or cereal boxes
  • Paper roll
  • Paint
  • Paper towel roll with all paper towels removed
  • Pencil
  • Glue or glue stick or tape
  • Scissors or preschool training scissors

Directions for Lorax Craft

Turn a cereal box inside out and glue it back together before painting it.
Step 1

Start with the cardboard box which will be the body of the Lorax. We thought an empty cereal box was the perfect cardboard box to upcycle for this easy kids’ craft. Start by opening all sides of the box, turn it inside out, and then glue the sides back together. It’s much easier to paint on the cardboard side of the box than on the shiny painted side, and you don’t need to use as much paint.

Craft tip: I find it quicker to use hot glue for this project, but you can use school glue or a glue stick, it might just take a little longer to dry to move onto the next step.

Paint your cereal box with orange paint.
Step 2

Paint the cereal box with orange paint. Kids are going to love getting messy with this part. Make sure they are wearing an art smock and you put paper down to protect the work surface.

Step 3

On the second box, draw eyes, shaggy eyebrows, nose, and a mustache. Cut them out. If you use a thin cardboard box, kids will be able to help cut the facial features, but for a thicker box, you will need to help them.

Paint The Lorax facial features and glue them onto the orange box.
Step 4

Paint all of your cardboard cutouts, and then set them aside to dry. You should only need one coat of paint. Once the pieces are dry, you can glue them onto the orange box.

The Lorax cereal box craft.

Directions for Truffula Tree Craft

A Truffula Tree made out of cardboard and a paper roll.
Step 1

Grab your empty paper towel roll cardboard tube and paint it with green paint.

Step 2

As you can see from the images above, we sketched the top of the Truffula Tree onto the second cardboard box, cut it out, and then painted it bright blue. You can paint yours in any color you like. You can make a whole forest of Truffula Trees in different colors.

Step 3

Clip 1/2 inch slits on opposite sides of one end of the paper towel cardboard roll with scissors and then slip the Truffula Tree top inside.

Our finished Truffula Tree and The Lorax craft
A finished Truffula Tree and The Lorax craft.

Prep Time 5 minutes

Active Time 15 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Difficulty easy

Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • 2 Cardboard boxes or cereal boxes
  • Paint in a variety of colors
  • Paper towel roll with all paper towels removed

Tools

  • Glue or glue stick or tape
  • Scissors or preschool training scissors
  • Pencil

Instructions

  1. Open up all sides of the cereal box and turn it inside out. Glue or tape it back together and paint the box orange.
  2. Draw The Lorax facial features and the top of the Truffula Tree onto the inside of the second box and then cut them out.
  3. Paint the facial features, and the top of the Truffula Tree in bright colors.
  4. Glue the Lorax's facial features into place.
  5. Paint the paper roll green.
  6. Cut a slit with scissors on either side of the paper towel roll tube and insert the top of the Truffula Tree.

MORE DR SEUSS CRAFTS & IDEAS FROM KIDS ACTIVITIES BLOG

If you have a favorite book from the Dr. Seuss library that you want a simple craft or great way to try new things, here are some fun resources and Dr. Seuss activities you can try:

  • You will love this simple truffula tree craft from the beloved book The Lorax to learn how to make a truffula tree!
  • Check out all these fun Dr Seuss party ideas for a birthday party or classroom party.
  • These Cat in the Hat crafts are so much fun!
  • Let’s do a Foot Book craft!
  • These Cat in the Hat coloring pages are so much fun!
  • Inspired by Put Me in the Zoo, this Dr Seuss snack idea is adorable!
  • Or try these Dr Seuss rice crispy treats!
  • These one fish two fish cupcakes are the cutest things ever.

Did your kids have fun making this Lorax craft out of cardboard? Which was their favorite, the Lorax craft or the Truffula Tree craft?

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Deirdre Smith writes/owns JDaniel4's Mom. After twenty years as a elementary school and technology resource teacher in Northern Virginia, she became a stay at home mom in upstate South Carolina. Her blog features ways she and her 5 year old are exploring learning, crafting, creating healthy meals and living life to its fullest. Deirdre can also be found on twitter as @jdaniel4smom and on her blog's FB page. You can also check her out on Google+.

Dr. Seuss Truffula Trees Treats

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A few simple ingredients and just minutes stand between you and these unbelievably cute Truffula Trees for any special occasion to celebrate Dr. Seuss or a Lorax party!

Dr. Seuss’s stories are timeless stories filled with incredible imagination and fun. My kids have enjoyed them just as much as I did when I was young – and still do, actually!

Now we honor our appreciation of Dr. Seuss by celebrating his birthday in schools across the country. Celebrations include reading his books, dressing in fun costumes, and enjoying themed-snacks and treats.

I recently shared my super easy 1 Fish 2 Fish Rice Krispy Treats, and today I have another quick and easy recipe for you: Truffula Trees marshmallow treats!

These Trufulla Tree treats come in fun bright colors and are ready in just minutes. They’re the perfect cute treat – and party decoration!

Whether you’re celebrating at home or at school, these Truffula Trees are the perfect treats to make.

DIY Truffula Trees Ingredients Needed

Here’s what you’ll need to make these treats lickety split fast!

  • Electric or Neon Gel Food Coloring
  • Decorative Biodegradable Paper Straws
  • Candy Melts (in every color you want to make) 
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Small Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Snack sized reusable zipper bags
  • Cake Pop Stand or jars for displaying

How to Make a Truffula Tree Snack Treat

Follow these directions to make these treats quickly and easily!

Step 1

Add shredded coconut to small ziplock bags with one drop of gel food coloring and seal the bad. Shake and squeeze the color throughout the bag coating all of the coconut.

Pour into small bowls and let air dry.

Step 2

Melt the candy coating according to package directions. While melting the chocolate take care not to burn it.

Step 3

Slide the paper straws into one end of the marshmallows, gently, so you don’t break the straw.

Note: If using lollipop sticks, dip the stick into chocolate first then insert into the marshmallow. Allow about 4- 5 mins for the chocolate to dry.

Step 4

Dip the marshmallows into the chocolate.

Gently shake off the excess.

Step 5

Roll coated marshmallows into the corresponding color coconut shreds. Let air dry for 15-20 mins

Important Recipe Notes

Most of the time when melting candy melts, I melt them on high for 30 seconds, then stir. Repeat this process, two to three times.

NOTE: Stirring in between is super important because they are melting even when they don’t look like it.

Residual heat can also melt the candy – keep an eye on it when you stir it the last time until it’s smooth.

Truffula Trees FAQs

Here are answers to common questions about this recipe.

How Many “Trees” Will This Recipe Make?

The recipe says that it will make 12-15 trees, but you can really make as many as you have the supplies to make. You will definitely have plenty of candy melts leftover.

How Do I Store Leftover Candy Melts?

Any left-over candy melts can be poured into a resealable zipper food storage bag immediately after use.

Lay flat and let the chocolate harden. It can be stored in that Ziplock for reuse. Just melt it like you did originally.

Aren’t these treats adorable? I LOVE how cute they turned out!

I will be continuing with the Dr. Seuss-themed treats with Cat in the Hat Snacks, so be sure to come back and check them out!

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Ingredients

  • Electric or Neon Gel Food Coloring
  • Decorative Biodegradable Paper Straws
  • Candy Melts (in every color you want to make)
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Small Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Snack sized reusable zipper bags

Instructions

  1. Add shredded coconut to small ziplock bags with one drop of gel food coloring and seal the bag. Shake and squeeze the color throughout the bag to coat all of the coconut. Pour into small bowls and let air dry.
  2. Melt the candy coating according to package directions, taking care not to burn it.
  3. Slide the paper straws into one end of the marshmallows, gently, as to not break the straw.
  4. If using lollipop sticks, dip the stick into chocolate first then insert it into the marshmallow. Allow about 4- 5 mins for the chocolate to dry.
  5. Dip the marshmallows into the chocolate. Gently shake off the excess then roll the coated marshmallows into the corresponding color coconut shreds. Let air dry for 15-20 mins

Notes

NOTES:

  • Most of the time when I melt candy melts, I melt them on high for 30 seconds, then stir. Repeat, two to three times. Stirring in between is super important to prevent them from scorching.
  • Residual heat will also melt the candy when you stir it the last time until smooth.

SUPPLY LINKS (affiliates):
Electric or Neon Gel Food Coloring

Decorative Biodegradable Paper Straws

Candy Melts (in every color you want to make) 

Shredded Coconut

Large Marshmallows

Small Bowls

Spoons

Snack sized reusable zipper bags

Truffles and truffle trees: where to plant truffle trees? 🌿 Everything about gardening and garden design

Truffles are mushrooms that are sought after because they are mysterious. How do they form, under what trees, in what soil? Let's lift the veil on this strange truffle... and see if we can cultivate it!

Article content:

  • Truffles, mysterious mushrooms
  • Under which trees do we find truffles?
  • Different types of truffles
  • Grow truffle trees
    • Plant mycorrhizal trees
    • What kind of soil and climate to harvest truffles?

Truffles, mysterious mushrooms

truffle - the queen of mushrooms , Its aroma is unique, powerful and complex, and the slightest piece of truffle sublimates the simplest dish, such as scrambled eggs or mashed potatoes. And how truffles grow underground out of sight, and this is only a sense of smell realized truffle dog (or pig) can detect their presence, then truffle awakens our curiosity before tickling our taste buds!

truffle - fruit (spores, producing organs) of an edible fungus ectomycorrhizal ascomycete. It is clear that the truffle is produced by an underground fungus whose filaments (mycelium) form a sleeve around the roots of some trees. these trees (called truffle trees) and the fungus maintain a symbiotic relationship 9The 0008 tree provides carbon to the fungus, which in turn helps the tree's roots absorb nutrients better (read: mycorrhiza, the amazing connection between plants and fungi).

For truffles to appear in the soil (a few centimeters deep, usually 1-20 cm below the surface), you need at least a good fungus, good trees (not all trees can form mycorrhiza with this fungus), and good pedoclimatic conditions .

Under which trees do we find truffles?

oaks Known to produce truffles. And, indeed, we can find truffles under white oak (or pubescent oak, Quercus pubescens), as well as with oak (Quercus ilex), but not only: fruit-bearing oak ( Quercus robur ) and sessile oak ( Quercus sessiliflora Also truffle trees can be good light brown ( Corylus Avellana ) is also an excellent candidate for truffle production, also lime ( Tilia cordata , Tilia platyphyllos ). Black pine from Austria ( Pinus Nigra ), ordinary pine ( Pinus Sylvestris ), Black charm ( Ostrya Carpinifolia ), then Buk ( Fagus Sylvatica 9000) Atlas cedar ( Cedrus Atlantica ) and poplar ( Populus alba , Pupulus nigra , Populus tremula ) can also be associated with "truffle mushrooms".

Various types of truffles

All truffles for human consumption belong to as tuber , which has several hundred species (there is also a "false truffle" belonging to the genus Elaphomyces and consumed by many animals: it is called "deer truffle"). Only a few types of truffles can be sold in France under the name "truffle"; their aroma and taste vary according to the species, both in intensity and in the nature of the aromas (licorice, garlic, pepper, mushroom. ..).

The most famous truffle in France is undoubtedly black truffle from Périgord, sometimes also called truffle from Provence: Melanosporum tuber Very fragrant, it can be found under oaks, hazels, thylleus and chars. This truffle needs warmth and calcareous soil, alkaline pH (pH between 7.5 and 8.5). Mainly found in Lot, Vaucluse, in the south of Drôme and in the southeast in general. The harvest is from mid-December to mid-March.

Burgundy truffle, Tuber uncinatum Also highly valued. It's a little less demanding: it can be grown north of the Loire and all grounds, if they're limestone, go well with it. It develops in symbiosis with black pine, Scots pine, beech, linden, black hornbeam, hazelnut, oak and Atlas cedar. The harvest is from mid-September to mid-January.

white Alba truffle or white truffle from Piedmont, Magnatum tuber is the most expensive and most sought after. It is found in Italy at the foot of poplars.

White summer truffle or St. John's truffle, Tuber Festival Not to be confused with Alba's white truffle: much less fragrant! It is more like Tuber uncinatum : the exterior is black and only the interior is light. It ripens from the beginning of May to the end of September under lei, oaks, lindens and hornbeams.

Musk truffle or red wine from Provence Brumale tuber Harvested in the same geographical areas and at the same time0055 Melanosporum tuber under oaks, lindens, hazels. It is less popular than this one.

Finally, let's also quote Lorraine truffle, Nodule mesenteric truffle, less known, but of great character and harvesting from mid-September to late December, under oaks, charms, walnut trees.

Grow truffle trees

Plant mycorrhizal trees

Truffles can be harvested and collected in the wild. .. You can also grow truffle trees! If there are no truffles in the selected area yet, you can plant mycorrhizal trees i.e. in the roots of which the fungus has been grafted by hand from seed germination. It takes 6 to 8 years to produce a productive truffle from seedlings.

What kind of soil and climate to harvest truffles?

To create a truffle, you first need land with suitable soil: the fungus will like it there. In general, for Melanosporum Tuber , limestone soil is required, or rich in calcium and alkaline pH (pH 7.5-8.5), ideally silt-clay or sandy or even rocky Tuber uncinatum suits limestone soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. In any case, the soil must be balanced in organic matter and well-drained .

bowls or steep slopes to be avoided prefer plateaus or gentle slopes and altitude 200 to 400 meters (truffles can grow up to 1000m, depending on local conditions).

climate is also important: for truffles to grow, it takes noticeable seasons, but not excessively , So the climate of the ocean is not suitable; continental or mountain climate no higher than the Mediterranean climate. Melanosporum tuber needs warmth; Tuber uncinatum , Brumale Tuber , Mesenteric Nodule and Tuber Festival accept cooler climates.

Read: Climate and hardiness zones in France

The importance of the previous crop

One cannot hope to get truffles in the soil where other fungi can compete with them, also creating mycorrhiza with the roots of truffle trees. Avoid recently cleared areas and wastelands. The ideal option is to plant in a place where plants have been grown that do not establish symbiosis with ectomycorrhizal fungi: cereals, lavender, grapes, fruit trees, olive trees ...

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Planting a truffle tree 🌿 All about gardening and garden design

Soil preparation, planting, care, pruning, watering: all stages of growing a truffle tree in a garden.

Content of the article:

  • What is the climate, what is the impact on the planting of truffle trees?
  • Which truffle to choose according to the type of soil?
    • Perigord black truffle (Tuber melanosporum)
    • Burgundy truffle (Tuber uncinatum)
    • White winter truffle (Tuber Magnatum)
  • Soil preparation before planting
    • Which plant to install?
  • Truffle Plantation
    • Distance to Truffle Plantation
  • Mycorrheal tree content
    • Truffle trees
  • Truffers
    • , what is the time for the collection of trifels?
    • What is cavage?
  • List of truffle species for each species
    • Périgord Black Truffle
    • Burgundy Gray Truffle
    • Summer White Truffle

Truffles grow almost everywhere in France from Périgord or Burgundy. Plant mycorrhizal trees in limestone soil this fall for a harvest in 8 years.

8 years after the planting of truffle oaks, the first harvests come. Truffle is a mushroom that grows underground. It lives in symbiosis with the roots of the tree. Mycelium is made up of threads that cling to roots: mycorrhiza. The tree gives fungi hydrocarbon substances. In return, the fungus nourishes the tree with mineral elements. Each year the mycelium produces tuberous fruiting bodies called carpophores. These are truffles.

What is the climate, what is the impact on the planting of the

truffle tree ?
  • Truffles usually grow in places where the seasons are marked, but not excessively.
  • Exclude areas with oceanic (eg Brittany), continental (very hot summers and cold winters) and Mediterranean (dry summers) climates.
  • As a rule, truffle likes on plateaus and gentle slopes.
  • You will avoid shoals that are prone to accumulation of water from the drain.
  • The ideal orientation for the Perigord truffle is south, southeast and southwest so that it receives maximum sunlight.
  • On the other hand, with the Burgundy truffle, orientation has little effect on its development.

Which truffle to choose depending on the type of soil?

Perigord black truffle

(Melanosporum tuber)

Black truffle requires calcareous and filter soil with a pH of 7.5 to 8.5. Appears between 15 and 40 cm deep on cracked rock. Avoid compact and clay soils.

Burgundy truffle

(Tuber uncinatum)

This Burgundy truffle grows in limestone soils with a pH of 7 to 8. It tolerates clay and organic matter. It is grown in the same areas as beets and vines.

White Winter Truffle

(Tuber Magnatum)

White Truffle requires non-surface, non-stony soils with a rather silty, sandy, well-aerated, well-drained texture, remaining cool during the driest periods of the year.

Soil preparation before planting

Plant the truffle after you dig well. If it is a plantation over 2000 m², the tillage should be plowed to a depth of 30 cm, and then skip the harrow or rotor, depending on your cultural habits.
On a small surface, excavate 1 m² of soil and 30 cm deep. Remove the pebbles if there are a lot of them, the place for planting the mycorrhiza tree should be loose and well cleaned. Help yourself, perhaps with a tiller. Count 50 liters of good soil around the plant.

Which plant to install?

It is important to perform a soil analysis to determine the most suitable mycorrhiza species for your soil. Plant selection will depend on the physical characteristics, acidity, calcium and organic matter content of the field.

Truffle Plantation

  • Set up the mound as it is without breaking it, taking care to cover it with 2 or 3 cm of good soil.
  • Gather around the clod like any other shrub planting.
  • Leave a small bowl around your leg to prevent runoff.
  • Water is plentiful, about 10 liters of water per subject. Watering allows the soil to stick more to each plant.
  • Straw with biodegradable boards, agglomerated cork, 70 cm side (see photo below). They will prevent the growth of grass on the foot and reduce routine work.
  • Store slabs 3 or 4 years after planting.

Distance to the truffle plantation

  • Melanosporum tuber: you will observe 4 m between plants in a row and also 6 m between each line.
  • Tuber uncinatum and T. aestivum: be careful that the distance between plants is 4 m in a row and 3 m between rows.

Maintenance

mycorrhizal tree

Sprinkle generously: 10 liters of water per tree. Attention, the young plantation attracts rodents and game! Feel free to put up protective nets for fear of losing the truffle trees. During the first three to four years of cultivation, work the soil in the spring at a depth of 5-8 cm to ventilate the surface layer.

Size of truffle trees

Prune branches less than 1 or 1.50 m from the ground to provide good sun. As with any tree, illuminate the interior: you will bring light and limit the development of diseases (fungi, chancre...). Make sure the branches do not intersect.

Harvest of truffles

The white summer truffle is harvested from June to July. The truffle tree starts producing at 5 to 8 years. Planted in autumn 2011, it will produce in 2016, but will have to wait until autumn 2019year to hope for a small harvest. A full report is expected in 2023.
Calculate 20 to 100 g per tree. The number and size of truffles are very random, depending on the weather conditions of the year.

How long does it take to harvest truffles?

  • Périgord truffle: from November to March.
  • Burgundy truffle: from September to mid-January.
  • White summer truffle: June to July.
  • Piedmont white truffle: September to December.

What is cavage?

Digging is the search for truffles. This is practiced with a pig (this technique tends to disappear) or an erect dog. You can also watch the fly that lays its eggs on the truffle. Otherwise, you still have your talent. The truffle gives off a strong smell: with a small nose, it is detected.


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