Cherries and Cherry Tree Theme
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
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> Letter C >
Consonant Digraph Ch is or
Character Education >
Fairy tales and Legends > Online story time > The Cherry Tree
Crafty activities > > Cherries or Cherry Tree
> Cherries placemat or hat
Nutrition > > Fruits > Cherries
Plants > Trees > Cherry Tree
Holidays and Events >
* Feb. > President's Day
* March > Nat'l Nutrition Month
*April > Arbor Day
* June > Fruit and Vegetables Month
Make sure to have a selection of cherries to show
and present to the children:
Activity 1 > Topics > Health and Nutrition > Plants > Trees > Cherries
1. A cherry is a small, round fruit that grows on a tree. It is red, yellow, or purple in color and has a hard pit (seed) in the center.
2. It is a kind of tree or shrub of the rose family grown for its showy flowers, its sweet or sour fruit, and for lumber.
3. The wood of the cherry tree.
Visit choosecherries.com for fun nutritional facts, snacks, and recipes
Activity 2 > Story time > Historical Legends > The Cherry Tree and George Washington
Character Education > Honesty
Read the fable of The Cherry Tree and George Washington written by M. L. Weems.
Activity 3 > Cherries Theme Crafty Ideas
Dress a Tree with Cherries
Cherry Theme Coloring pages:
1. George Washington and the Cherry Tree Coloring Pages #1, #2 (read the legend)
2. Tree and bunny rabbits
3. Tree and picnic scene
Select a coloring page above. Have children color the image first. Children can decorate the tree with "cherry": painted fingerprints (poster paint or washable ink pad), red round stickers or red paper cut-outs using a small coin as a template. Have children add five or ten cherries in clusters. Have them count them to practice numerals and number order.
Cherries placemat or hat > Print this cherries page in color or to color.
Placemat > Cut out and have children make a collage placemat on green construction paper.
Hat or crown > cut a strip of green construction 3-4 inches wide to fit around the head. Have children paste the cherries. Older children can write Ch or numbers inside the cherries.
Other uses for the cherries template: counters, nametags, or to decorate a large bulletin board cherry tree (name of the students on it) or large calendar (Numbers 1-31 days).
DLTK's Fingerprint Cherry Tree > this "tree" is made from scratch using different parts of the hand and fingers and poster paints. You can also cut a cherry in half, remove the pit, dip in the paint to print the cherries.
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