Tuesday

Exploring Trees in the Spring: For Fun & Learning (free printable)!

Trees are my favorite in the spring; the bright green new leaves and flowering trees after the winter are amazing. Here are a few fun facts and outdoor activities for kids that will help them learn about trees and plants in spring.
Get outside & explore the changing trees this spring with these 7 activities. (free printable)

Go on a scavenger hunt to explore how trees are changing in the spring! Download, let the kids color the pictures, then get outdoors. 

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwXr6j2BHo7aYnNWUWRuSFdNSHc/edit
Click on image to download PDF.


image sources - flowers, bee, bird nest, bird, moss, seeding, frog, buds

How many different types of buds can you find? Buds are found at the ends of branches and are were flowers and new leaves grow from. They are as diverse as the types of leaves and flower they bloom into.
Get outside & explore the changing trees this spring with these 7 activities. (free printable)
Every tree “flowers", they just may not look like a typical flower. Here are a few examples of flowers found on trees.
Get outside & explore the changing trees this spring with these 7 activities. (free printable)
Flowers are more than pretty! Flowers house plant’s reproductive organs. In other words, they allow plants to produce offspring or “children.” How many different colored flowers can you find? Take pictures and pick a few to bring home.

Can you find any insects near the flowers you see? Insects assist the trees in reproduction. There would be no tree “children” without them.  
Get outside & explore the changing trees this spring with these 7 activities. (free printable)
Photo courtesy of Kate Spiller, Wild Tales Of.
 The immature cones on conifer trees are often referred to as “flowers", even though they are not true flowers. Can you find any “baby” cones?

Make an arrangement with the collected flowers! Check out how flower arranging is beneficial for children (toward the end of the post).
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget the benefits of climbing trees.

What are your favorite spring outdoor activities? Please share links.
I am collaborating with a group of woodsy mamma bloggers to bring you even more ideas for nature walks this spring. Please show them some love!
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