Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
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:
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)
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 Game: Caillou Match The Leaves
Popular Tree & Forest Symbolism: Christmas Tree, Tree 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!