Trees and the Seasons · A Year
in the Life of a Tree
Preschool Lesson Plan Activities
Activity 1 > Trees and the Seasons > A Year in the Life of a TreeThe links below will take you through a year in the life of a deciduous tree and the change of seasons:
- Trees in winter (bare branches)
- Trees in spring (flowering)
- Trees in summer (full of green leaves)
in autumn - fall (click on the tree three times to see the
leaves turn colors)
Trees are Terrific ...Travels with Pierre at the University of Illinois Extension is a wonderful presentation for young children to learn about trees.
Activity 2 > Dress up A Tree for A Season:
Dress up a Tree for a Season with templates, or use a simple tree coloring page to achieve a similar effect.
Visit the trees coloring pages to choose other images. If possible print to light blue paper.
Suggestions for 'dressing the tree' for a season:
- Winter > Print this
coloring page with bare branches, print on light blue or yellow
paper. Glue a few cotton balls, snowflakes stickers, or
white finger-prints on the tree branches, snow falling.
- Spring > Color tree
foliage green, fill in with flower finger-prints or
- Summer > Color the
tree foliage green. Decorate with fruit stickers or
fingerprint: red, yellow or green apples, purple plums,
red cherries, oranges. Address nutrition: Fruits are one
of the five food groups, and we should make half of our plate
fruits and veggies.
- Autumn > Glue a choice of real autumn leaves, torn or cut up paper; finger-prints with autumn colors. Make sure some "leaves" appear to be falling and in the ground.