I didn’t really expect our alphabet series to be full of exploring natural elements, but I like to follow the kids’ lead. It’s a great time to be outdoors and learn more about the world around us, so we’re seizing the opportunity.
For the letter T we learned about trees. Today I’m sharing some of the many tree-inspired activities around the web. There are ideas for science investigations, literacy and math activities, book-related projects, and many terrific crafts and paintings to help you put together your own tree activities for the kids in your life. Some of the posts are seasonal, but they can often be adapted easily to meet your needs. I hope you enjoy reading all of these posts as much as I did!
Tree Activities for Kids
Get a full week of tree theme lesson plans for
Home Preschool or your Preschool Classroom.
Go On a Tree Hunt (KC Edventures)
Lay a Sheet and Shake a Tree (Wildlife Fun 4 Kids)
Collect and Examine Flowers and Seed Pods from Trees (Teach Beside Me)
Collect and Sort Different Parts of Trees (Inspiration Laboratories)
Look Closely on New Buds on Trees (Mama Smiles)
Learn About Trees and the Weather with Pine Cones (Science Sparks)
Learn How Leaves Get Water, along with other wonderful leaf activities (Train Up a Child: Learn As We Go)
Learn through Action with Leaf Pounding (Not Just Cute)
Observe and Record the Changing of Seasons with Hand Print Trees (Stay at Home Educator)
Learn How Old a Tree Is (Life at the Zoo)
Make a Neighborhood Tree Guide (Kid World Citizen)
Pine Cones and Tree Branches (Fun-A-Day)
Pine Needle Discovery Bottles (Teach Preschool)
Paper Bag Tree Sculptures (Draw the Line At)
Tree Suncatcher (Mess for Less)
The Four Seasons Tree Crafts (Red Ted Art)
Painting with the Parts of a Tree (Fun-A-Day)
Fingerprint Spring Tree (Housing a Forest)
Q-Tip Fall Tree (Mess for Less)
Fall Fingerprint Tree (Mess for Less)
Spring Cherry Tree (Housing a Forest)
Painting Trees with Egg Cartons (Teach Preschool)
Four Seasons Tree Painting with Free Printable (123 Homeschool 4 Me)
Yarn Stamped Fall Tree (No Time for Flashcards)
Puzzle Piece Tree (I Heart Crafty Things)
Tree-Inspired Play Activities
Learning About Trees with Wooden Train Tracks (Play Trains)
Cardboard Tree House (Spoonful)
Tree Decorating (Red Ted Art)
Alphabet Apple Tree Letter Activity (No Time for Flashcards)
Letter T Craft (Counting Coconuts)
Make Your Own Tree Memory Game (Kitchen Counter Chronicle)
Counting Sticks (Montessori on a Budget)
Learning Activities with Sticks (Mummy Mummy Mum)
Books About Trees
We have a full list of book recommendations that includes both fiction and nonfiction books about trees, but here is a quick reference list.
Head over to the trees book list to read the book summaries and learn more about each book.
Lorax Tree Snack (East Coast Mommy)
Apple Tree Paper Plate Craft (Reading Confetti)
There is a Tree Book Synopsis and Free Journal Printable (The Wise Owl Factory Book a Day)
StickFiggy Friendship Activities and Tree Play Area (JDaniel 4’s Mom)
Trees, Leaves, and Bark Synopsis and Free Printables (The Wise Owl Factory Book a Day)
Hand Print Trees (Reading Confetti)
Preschool Activities and Books on Trees (Mud Hut Mama)
Get a Full Week of Tree Theme Learning and Play
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Uppercase and Lowercase Alphabet Matching Tree Activity
2) Colorful Trees Sorting Mats
3) Tree Color Word Building Mats
4) Tree Addition Game
5) Tree Beginning Sound Sort (for sounds /t/, /r/, and short /e/)
6) Tree Dice Game
7) Uppercase Tree Alphabet Cards
8) Lowercase Fruits, Seeds, and Flowers Alphabet Cards
9) 0-35 Tree Number Cards
10) Shape Cards (for hands-on shape activities)
11) Tree Word Family Sort (for -an, -op, -it, and -ug)
Get Your Lesson Plans
The next post in our T is for Trees series will include some of our favorite books about trees.
Do you have any other ideas or activities related to trees? I would love for you to share them in the comments.
Find more ideas for learning about trees on my Letter T Pinterest Board.