Teach children to pull a palm tree out of the palm of their hand. Making paper palm trees is a craft that is also a magic trick. Use the trees for a tropical centerpiece. Add paper bamboo or other tropical paper plants. The next time you are unexpectedly stuck waiting with children, grab some scrap paper and show them how to grow a tree.
Cut or tear a strip of paper, 4 by 11 inches. If you have longer paper a longer strip is even better.
Roll the strip into a short tube 1 inch in diameter. Tear four slits around the top of the tube. The slits should be evenly spaced and about 2 inches long. These resulting streamers of paper will be the tree's branches. You may cut the slits, but tearing gives them a more "leafy" appearance.
Hold the tube firmly around the bottom. Reach into the center of the tube and grasp the "branches" in the center. Pull them gently and firmly up out of the roll of paper. The tree will "grow" out of your palm.
Tape around the base of your tree to hold it together. Have the children dip their fingers in brown paint and press them onto the tree to add "coconuts."
Shorten some of the lower branches by tearing them off. Be careful not to remove them too close to the trunk.