Thankfully, most of us have access to a variety of trees in our communities. You may have to travel to a city park or a few miles away to get up close, but they’re accessible. Because of that accessibility and their varied functions, preschoolers love to learn about trees.
A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry, illustrated by Marc Simont (HarperCollins, 1956) is a classic picture book exploring the many uses of trees. The book takes the reader through many activities held underneath, around, and because of trees (playhouses out of leaves, climbing trees, picking apples, planting trees, and more). In a simple manner, it causes the reader to realize how many uses a single tree can offer.
Tree Learning Activities
We love to read books, then do a few learning activities to gain hands-on knowledge and apply what we’ve learned to the environment around us.
An easy activity with this book is to pick a few of the actions within the book and either act them out in pretend play or actually do them!
A few more tree-focused activities (for preschool and early elementary ages) from around the web:
- How to Grow a Tree from an Acorn from The Freckled Homeschooler
- Fall Family Tree art project from RachelWojo.com
- Make a Neighborhood Tree Guide from Kid World Citizen (Bark rubbings and leaf samples! Love this!)
- Leaves and Seeds activities and book list from KC Edventures
- Easy Tree Snack from Fantastic Fun and Learning
- A great list of 45 tree activities for kids from Fantastic Fun and Learning
- Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Sorting Tree from No Time for Flash Cards (You can make this activity out of felt and reuse it, as well.)
- Apple Tree Craft from Hands On: As We Grow
- Apple Tree Number Match from Spell Outloud
Other recommended tree books:
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Beach Lane Books, 2013)
Forest Has a Song: Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Illustrated by Robbin Gourley (Clarion Books, 2013)
A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla, Illustrated by Stacey Schuett (HarperCollins, 2001)
Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2014)
What trees grow in your area? What are your family’s favorite activities to do around trees?
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