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Tremendous Trees - April 14-17

SUMMARY

These are just some of the concepts kids can learn about during a tree theme:

  • parts of a tree and what each part does

  • trees as animal homes and habitats

  • Seasonal changes of tress

  • coniferous and deciduous

  • Leaves

Preschool Tree Theme Activity Page


https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/tree-theme-preschool-activities.html

Trees are all around us. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and even colors. Some remain green throughout the year, while others have leaves that change colors and fall to the ground. Tree theme preschool activities can be a fun topic to explore year round. Here are some fabulous resources for planning your preschool tree theme. Most of these activities are designed for kids ages 3 through 5, but many can be modified for younger and older kids as well.

PINTEREST PAGE

https://www.pinterest.com/kmorrow0798/tremendous-trees/


TREE BRAINSTORM

What do we get from tree?

Pose this question to your children to learn about the importance of trees on our environment and all the things that we get from trees. apples, lemons, oranges, bananas, sap, maple sugar, chocolate, animal homes, paper, money, shade, wood, pencils, rubber, etc.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/421790321348520254/


Language / Literature

Maple by Lori Nichols

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJwqKlyWphw

Book/Literature

The Hugging Tree by Jill Neimark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru09pVHLX6o

Book/Literature

The Busy Tree

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XWm7xdAJzw

Book/Literature

A Grand Old Tree

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mwKqD_GfVY

Book/Literature

Little Tree by Loren Long

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGquWvJH39M

Book/Literature

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybcr1HL7sq0

Book/Literature

A Tree for All Seasons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8_pSAS5EGw

Book/Literature

Are Trees Alive? By Debbie Miller

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPgt15gd8v8

Book/Literature

A Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fmj5JIvE9DY

Book/Literature

Because of An Acorn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKawcvOE7g4

Book/Literature

Hamilton Duck’s Springtime Story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pINUK8w4Dbo

Nature/Science

Spend some time under a tree, enjoy the shade, and collect items to make Sensory Soup. Combine pine cones, flowers, dirt, sticks and rocks in a bowl of water. After you mix it well, are there items that sink or float? You might be able to find unique items under specific trees that could spark a conversation about what type of tree it is and what it may produce.

https://www.thecrazyoutdoormama.com/sensory-soup-fun-kids-camping-activity/


Science

Go on a neighborhood scavenger hunt to collect as many different leaves as you can find. Then match to the chart (link)

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/413064597073622727/


Science

In order to understand how trees get their nutrients from the ground, try an experiment with celery, water and food coloring.The celery sucks up the water just like a tree does from the earth.

https://curiodyssey.org/activities/science-experiments-for-kids/how-to-make-rainbow-celery/


Science

Make a diagram of a TREE: including ROOTS, TRUNK, BRANCHES, AND LEAVES.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/744360644649666219/


Science

Trees in Different Seasons - Use the provided sheet to draw the tree in different seasons.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/336362665919992593/

Science

How to Identify a Tree by Its Leaves, Flowers, or Bark

Use this resources to identify items found outside on a Nature Walk.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/180355160053071215/

Music

Douglas Mountain by Raffi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nlSk5QRjno


Music

“I’m A Tree”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCyHRGExDZ0


Art

Collect Pine Cones and make a collage or dip in paint and use to make prints.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/744360644649666202/

Art

Tree Bark Rubbings - Get paper and crayons (take the paper off the crayons) and look for different types of bark. Some is smooth, others more rough. Place the paper on the bark and rub the side of the crayons over the bark. Compare different types of trees and the markings they make.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/297730225365692616/


Art

Drawing Tree - Pick a favorite tree in your yard or neighborhood. Tie a string around the truck and attach drawings with clothespins. This can be done over several days and added to by your family and encourage others to do so as well! Just put a sign to have others hang their drawings to share!!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/657525614321996731/


Art

Broccoli Stamped Cherry Blossom

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/164874036346526528/


Recipes

Applesauce

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/267823509077835718/


Recipes

Apple Cake

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/223209725268961870/


Recipes

Apple Crumble Muffins

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/749638300457541323/


Gross Motor

Game link to the right. Plant the Tree. I don't think you need the cones, just have a boundary line the students must cross to "plant the tree." If you have cones, you can say they must plant the tree under the cone. No beanbags? Use small balls.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=plant+the+trees+game


Fine Motor

Snack - Use pretzel sticks for the trunk and branches, and cereal for the leaves.


Fine Motor

Decorate a Tree with Loose Parts: pipe cleaners, straw pieces, clothes pins, leaves with a hole punched in it, yarn or string, etc.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/125749014582836951/


Nature / Art

Collect a variety of leaves, sticks, acorns, pebbles, etc. and made “nature people”.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/288089707396286370/


Nature/Science/Art

Begin exploring a favorite tree by observing its shadow. Your child can compare their shadow to the trees and play around with how to make their shadow look more like a tree. (Maybe by doing the "tree" pose in yoga?) If you have a large piece of paper or unused wrapping paper, you could also trace part of the tree's shadow.

https://creativebynature.org/light-and-shadow/#top


Nature/Colors

This color wheel is a great way to begin an exploration of trees. Have the children hold the color wheel up to different trees and observe what colors they can find. Spring in Maryland is beautiful. I not only see the brown of the bark and the green of the leaves, but I see pink and yellow blooms, red leaves, etc. If you can not print the color wheel it would be fun to make your own with crayons or markers. After making observations, sit outside with paper and pencils or crayons and draw a beautiful tree.

https://mothernatured.com/printables/nature-color-wheel-printable/


Gross Motor Skills

Some of the children know this yoga pose well, the "tree" pose. Below is a pose they can try in addition to the the "tree" pose, the "falling leaf" pose.

https://www.flowandgrowkidsyoga.com/blogs/news/yoga-poses-for-kids-tree-pose


YOGA

https://www.flowandgrowkidsyoga.com/blogs/news/yoga-poses-for-kids-falling-leaf-pose

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