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Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Trees, Leaves & Forests

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Recommended Books:

  • A Tree Is A Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla (Let’s Read and Find Out Science Level 1)
  • Tell Me Tree: All About Trees for Kids by Gail Gibbons
  • Poetrees by Douglas Florian
  • Night Tree by Eve Bunting
  • A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry (Caldecott Medal)
  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  • A Leaf Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas
  • Fletcher And The Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
  • Fall Leaves: Colorful and Crunchy by Martha E. H. Rustad
  • Fall Leaf Project! by Margaret McNamara (Ready to Read Level 1)
  • The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
  • Why Do Leaves Change Colors by Betsy Maestro (Let’s Read and Find Out Science 2)
  • Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
  • Mousekin’s Lost Woodland by Edna Miller
  • Redwoods by Jason Chin

Did You Know?: Trees are the lungs of our planet.

Related Theme: Earth Day

Word Association: Ask the child to come up with words associated with trees, such as: leaves, forest, wood, trunk, branches, roots, shade, flower, fruit, woodland, seeds, nuts, etc. Word map to help kids expand their vocabulary.

Topics To Cover:

  • Parts of a tree ~ label tree anatomy worksheet
  • Tree growing cycle (from seed to tree)
  • Two main types of trees: evergreens (keep their leaves all year-long) and deciduous (shed their leaves periodically)
  • What are some ways we use trees? shade, food source, animal habitat, paper, wood, etc. (paper goods worksheet)
  • The tallest living tree in the world is a coast redwood named Hyperion in the Redwood National Park of California. It is nearly 380 feet tall. Top 10 tallest trees in the world.

What’s In A Forest?

What is a forest? A forest is home to more than just trees. Discuss some of the woodland animals one might find in a forest, such as: squirrel, fox, rabbit, mouse, snakes, owl, bear, Robin, Sparrow, Cardinal, Songbird, turkey, deer, quail, etc. (Forest Animals)

How is a rainforest different from a forest? (Rainforests of the world)


Fall leaf project

Fall leaf project

My backyard ~ take a walk around your yard or neighborhood and count how many different types of trees you see. Take pictures of each one or collect a leaf from each one. Make a tree book or collage using the leaves or photos. An extended activity is to have the child classify the leaves/trees as either evergreen or deciduous.

My Favorite Tree ~ using this form have the child draw a picture of their favorite tree and write a brief story about it.

Know Your Leaves ~ worksheet to help identify leaves with their tree

A Leaf’s Skeleton ~ after collecting a number of different leaves, make an imprint of each one on pieces of playdoh or modeling clay. Make sure you press hard enough to leave a clear picture of the veins and markings of the leaves. Show and discuss the main skeleton and different shapes of the leaves, allowing the child to feel the imprint.

Writing ~ have the child write a brief story about what they like most about trees and what they think trees provide. Perhaps they can also write about why it is important for us to take care of trees.

Seasons of a Tree ~ four tree cutouts for kids to color and classify by season.

Visit a park, nature reserve, forest or tree farm to learn more about trees in your area (find a forest or park near you).

Online Stories:


Online Game: Caillou Match The Leaves

Popular Tree & Forest Symbolism: Christmas TreeTree of Life and Knowledge in Garden of Eden, Hidden or Enchanted Forests

Poem: Trees by Sarah Coleridge

Songs & Poems: Tree themed

Joke: Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Leaf. Leaf who? Leaf me alone!

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