Trees please! Ten activities that will foster an appreciation for trees in your child.

Hi everyone!

I'm re-posting this from my blog called Let's Connect With Nature!

Hope you enjoy! As always, comments are welcome and appreciated!


Every fall I look forward to going to one of our local apple farms. Our son gets to see where apples come from and how they grow on the tree. We get to pick them ourselves and eat them right from the tree,and we walk through several acres of trees smelling the fresh apples(and some not so fresh that have fallen on the ground). We get tosmell, taste, touch, see and hear. The next time you do an activitywith your children (or scout group), try to incorporate all the senses,and see how it takes your experience to a deeper level.

Here are some other activities that you can do to inspire gratitude for the plant that gives, every day.

  • Trees give us so many different products! Print off this list of things that we get from trees (it’s from the Idaho Forests Products Commission). Go around the house and either point out the items or ask
    your child to guess what items came from a tree. (Tip for scout
    groups…this also makes a great memory game for a group of kids. Gather
    15-20 items that come from trees, put them on a baking sheet or tray
    and cover with a towel. Show the items to the group for 10 seconds
    before taking the tray away. Ask the kids to write down as many items
    as they can remember. See if anyone can guess what the items have in
    common before you mention trees.

  • Be a tree! This works inside, but for the best effect head outside on a sunny, breezy day. Find a tree to be near and pretend that you are a tree. For younger children keep it simple. Stand with your eyes closed and imagine your feet are anchored to the ground like roots. Spread your arms out and wiggle your fingers like branches. Sway back and forth when the wind hits you. For older children, use this
    great script from Joseph Cornell’s book Sharing the Joy of Nature, and experience the life of a tree through all four seasons.

  • Get a new perspective! Look up close to a tree and far away, feel the different textures of the leaves, the bark, and the branches. Hug a tree! Try to slow things down. Sometimes we’re so caught up in
    the hectic pace of our everyday lives that we either forget to slow
    down or have a hard time doing so. Close your eyes and listen to the
    leaves rustle and the branches creak. Smell the air, the bark and the

  • Animals need trees too! Ask your child what the tree provides for animals? Who uses the branches, the trunks and the leaves?

  • Try real maple syrup! In spring, head to a local nature center or camp to see how Maple trees are tapped to make maple syrup and maple sugar. Some places sponsor a breakfast where you can come and try the
    freshly made syrup on pancakes.

  • What does a tree see? Imagine you’re high up in a tree. What would you see?

  • Look under a fallen tree or log and see what you find!

  • Do a bark rubbing! With one sheet of paper and several colored crayons rub the bark of 2 or 3 different types of trees.

  • Make a mystery box! Explore the sense of touch by placing different objects from trees in a box. Have your child touch the items, one at a time (without removing them) and describe the textures. Have
    them try to guess what it is. Try using twigs, buds, maple tree
    “helicopter” seeds, pine needles, bark, acorns, leaves, pinecones etc.

  • Identify one or two types of trees. Find a tree identification guide at your library or purchase one. There are also a few online guides like this one from the Arbor Day Foundation.

I hope you have a wonderful time exploring trees in your neck of the woods!

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