Trees Craft - Learn Shapes Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

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We are going to practice shapes and learn about trees.

Activity: Learning about trees

Trees are Terrific... Travels with Pierre
@ University of Illinois extension.

Here are some tree facts to share with children -- most of these facts are beautifully presented in the web site above. Some specific pages are linked below:

  1. Trees are not only among the largest living things on Earth, but also can live the longest.
  2. Parts of a tree (separate activity - use this coloring page to label and reinforce the basic parts of the tree)
  3. A trunk is really just a hard, woody stem.
  4. Under the protective bark, water and food travel up through the outer layer of wood, called sapwood, to the tree's crown of the branches and leaves.
  5. Fine roots take in the water, but trees have big, strong roots as well. These will help anchor the tree very firmly in the ground.
  6. Trees grow a new ring of wood every year. If there is lots of sunshine and rainfall, that year's ring is wide.
  7. A forester is a person who works in and looks after a forest. Visit the community helper: the forester theme for a separate activity to learn the responsibilities of the forester.
  8. Foresters count the rings of felled threes to see how old they are.

Environmental education > The Importance of Trees:

There are many reasons why trees are important, here are just a few:

  1. Trees are a important source of food. They grow many of the fruits we eat. Can you name some?
  2. Trees prevent soil erosion, that is to protect the upper layer of the soil from drifting away by wind and water.
  3. Trees are the homes of many animals and help provide the shelter and food for them and many plants. Can you name some animals that live and need trees? Visit forest animals for additional activities as part of a unit on trees.
  4. Trees produce oxygen something that we need in the air to breath, so trees help keep the air nice and clean! A tree gives shade in the summer and keeps us cool.
  5. We also need some trees to build structures, homes and many products that we need like very important medicines.
  6. We need to replant them and take care of them.
  7. They help store water that we may need during a drought.

Activity: Easy Shapes Trees Craft

Before starting the craft visit and have fun with these online activities to identify the shapes of trees:

Trees come in different Shapes (from page 19.html to page 22.html look at the browser address)

Craft Instructions:
  1. Print your choice of templates in color or black and white in the materials column.
  2. One of the trees is shaped like a pine - evergreen (triangles) and the other one as a fruit tree such as an apple or, orange.
  3. If you print the black and white version there are a number of ways this can be decorated:
    • Color the template with crayons or paints first. Wait to dry and cut the templates
    • Fill the tree with scraps of green paper or tissue paper for leaves and then cut the template.
    • Choose the type of fruit color: orange, red or lighter green for the apples.
  4. Once the pieces are decorated, glue to another piece of paper or blue construction paper. Decorate with clouds (cotton balls or a piece of soft "Kleenex"), bird or forest animal stickers, grass, to create a scene.

Activity > Alphabet > Letter T is for Tree lesson plan printable activities

Activity: Arbor Day and Trees coloring pages
Decorate the trees with a variety of materials, real dry leaves, use fresh leaves as stampers, cut-up paper, tissue paper, add stickers of fruit an animals that depend on the health of trees.

Easy Shapes Trees Craft
Trees Craft - Learn Shapes - Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

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letter t tree printable activities
Letter T Tree printable activities

Trees coloring pages

* paper or construction paper
* coloring tools
* glue or glue stick
* choice of green paper, tissue paper