Forests are places where you can grow family bonds. These activities are designed to help you teach children how to appreciate and learn about the natural world around them. Chances are, you’ll also have fun, watching your child’s face light up with wonderment and curiosity.
Note: These activities are modified from Project Learning Tree's PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide.
It’s amazing how many things live in and on rotting logs. In this activity, kids become familiar with some of those organisms by observing fallen logs. They’ll gain an understanding of how decomposition takes place and a better appreciation for microhabitats and communities.Read More >
In this activity, children will take a closer look at leaves and find out more about leaf characteristics and how leaves can be used to identify plants.Read More >
One way to learn about tree growth is to look at annual rings. Tree rings show patterns of change in a tree’s life as well as changes in the area where it grows. In this activity, you can trace environmental and historical changes using a cross section of a tree, or “tree cookie.”Read More >
Trees come in various shapes and sizes. In this activity, children will measure trees in different ways and become familiar with tree scale and structure. They will also learn the importance of standard units of measure and measuring techniques.Read More >
In this activity, children will focus on the many shapes that are found in both natural and built environments.Read More >
By way of neighborhood trees and a mystery box, children will explore their sense of touch and discover different shapes and textures in nature.Read More >
Evergreen trees offer a sensory overload! Through these experiences, children will touch, smell, see, hear, and taste the season of winter. Consider trying these experiences year-round in areas with our without snow.Read More >
Children are often surprised to learn how many different products we get from trees. Use
this activity to help children learn just how much we depend on trees in our daily lives.
In this activity, children "adopt" a tree, deepening their awareness of individual trees over time and encouraging a greater understanding and appreciation of their local environment.Read More >
From their leafy branches to their tangled roots, trees provide a habitat for a host of plants and animals. In this activity, children will inventory the plants and animals that live in, on and around trees, discovering how plants and animals depend on trees in many ways.Read More >
In this activity, students will discover the value of camouflage as they pretend to be birds in search of colored worms.Read More >
A plant is a living system. It needs sunlight, water, air, nutrients, and space to function and grow. In this activity, children design an experiment to test those requirements.Read More >
In this activity, children will learn about food webs, discovering the many ways that plants and animals of a forest are connected.Read More >
All children, no matter their age, have an idea of what a tree looks like, but many are unfamiliar with the actual structure of a tree. In this activity, children will go outdoors to take a closer look at trees and their parts.Read More >
In early spring, the tiny, bright green leaves of many trees burst forth. Where do the leaves come from? How do they form? In this activity, children will find the answers to these questions through observation and research.Read More >
In this activity, students explore differences in soil types and composition.Read More >
In this activity, children look for signs of autumn. They observe the annual change of seasons, and investigate why leaves of deciduous trees change color in the fall.Read More >