Cherry trees are a beautiful display of the onset of springtime.
They are native to Japan as well as China and Korea, but the striking trees can be found across the globe.
Plantings of cherry trees were initiated in 1912 as a symbol of enduring friendship to the U.S. from Japan. The line of original seeds that were sown during this time still continues to bloom today. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an ongoing celebration of this gift.
For more on the history of cherry trees in the U.S., see the National Park Service.
The blossoming plant, or sakura, is a grand display of one of nature’s many colorful, seasonal presentations. Bored Panda has compiled some of this year’s bloom sightings in an array of colorful photographs.
The story of the cherry tree blossoms are a great way to teach children about other cultures, friendships and peacemaking actions.
Below are a few fun projects and crafts that are formed around the magnificent trees.
Recycled plastic bottles provide the perfect stamp for blossoms. When dipped in pink paint, the base makes great petals. This idea works with plastic water bottles and large and small soda bottles.
This craft is simple and requires few supplies, but it produces a beautiful work of art. Have children paint their trees on a canvas or poster board and use if for bringing a little springtime indoors. No bottles on hand? Fingerprinting works great for this craft, too.
Another idea for a homegrown cherry blossom tree is to use pink tissue paper and form them as the blossoms. Place them on fallen branches and use as a long lasting floral display.
Offering their gorgeous pink hued flowers every year, cherry trees are a definite sign of a much welcomed spring.
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