What's in a Tree?

Science

Children will construct a tree with cutouts of details they might find in a real tree.

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Tell children that a big tree is a community. It hums with life and activity. Ask them what kinds of things they might see in a tree, guiding them toward such details as acorns, fruit, seeds, birds, squirrels, insects, spider webs, a bee hive, a nest, and leaves. Write the details on the board.
  2. Use a large piece of poster board to create a model tree without any leaves. Invite children to paint or color it, adding such details as a hollow in the trunk.
  3. Help children create cutouts of the details they named, using construction paper. Then have them glue the cutouts to the poster-board tree.