Twinkle Twinkle.

The day after Thanksgiving I had the pleasure of going on a tree hunt with my family. We eventually ended up at a tree farm picking a tree that will live with us for at least the next month.

Once we came home, all the boxes came down from the attic. Normally we would unpack it all and throw it in the tree. This year though I wanted to approach it a little different. I asked the kids to each draw their tree with the decorations the saw in front of them. Then we would mix them up.

And so we did. A dummy tree and blank slide in Keynote did the job. The rest was all in the imagination of the children.

Use the drawing tools in the iWork apps to help you decorate a prototype tree.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

Open Keynote and start from a blank template.

Delete any of the text boxes.

Tap the plus sign on the upper right hand corner and go to the shapes library. Select the Christmas tree.

Once the tree is on your slide, tap on it to select it and then tap on the paintbrush on the upper right hand corner. Give it a color you desire. For my example I will stick to the traditional green tree as found in nature.

Bring out the decorations for the next step!

Tap on the screen with your Apple Pencil to reveal the drawing tools and add all the decorations you would like on your tree. Don’t forget some snow.

Going Further.

Now that the drawing part is done, you can take this idea further by animating the whole tree and bringing it to life. Make the light twinkle.

TIP: Tap on the Line Draw animation to explore this.

If you are inspired to dive in deeper. Here are the resources that inspired me to come up with this example.

More info:

Everyone Can Create: Drawing

Everyone Can Create: Teacher Guide

Apple Teacher: Keynote for iPad Starter Guide


Have fun!