Go on a scavenger hunt to explore how trees are changing in the spring! Download, let the kids color the pictures, then get outdoors.
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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.
Every tree “flowers", they just may not look like a typical flower. Here are a few examples of flowers found on trees.
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.
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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.
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