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The tree nursery

Explore trees, shrubs, bushes, and flowers with this theme's very green activities!

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AREA SETUP

(Open thematic poster-The tree nursery) Print, laminate, and decorate the walls of your daycare with all kinds of posters.


Educa-decorate-The tree nursery
(Open educa-decorate-The tree nursery) Print, cut out and laminate. Use the illustrations to decorate your walls and set the mood for the theme.

 

Garland-The tree nursery
(Open garland-The tree nursery) Print. Let children decorate the garland. Cut it out and hang it in your daycare or near your daycare entrance.

 

Educ-decorate-The garden
(Open educa-decorate-The garden) Print, cut out and laminate. Use the illustrations to decorate your walls and set the mood for the theme.

 

Educa-numbers-TreesEduca-numbers-Trees
(Open educa-numbers-Trees) Print and laminate the posters. Display them on a wall and use them to decorate your daycare.


Educa-letters-Trees
(Open educa-letters-Trees) Print and laminate the posters. Display them on a wall and use them to decorate your daycare.

 

Garland-Trees
(Open garland-Trees) Print. Let children decorate the garland. Cut it out and hang it in your daycare or near your daycare entrance.

 

SPECIAL TOOL

The following special tool was created in response to a special request received. (Open group identification-Suns) Print and display the documents in a specific corner of your daycare or near your circle time area.

 

Poni discovers and presents-Trees Poni discovers and presents-Trees

(Open Poni discovers and presents-Trees) Print the cards, cut them out, and laminate them. With Poni's help or using another puppet that children are familiar with, present the different types of trees to your group.


Poni discovers and presents-Flowers

(Open Poni discovers and presents-Flowers) Print the cards, cut them out, and laminate them. With Poni's help or using another puppet that children are familiar with, present the different types of flowers to your group. Organize a visit to a nearby nursery or garden centre. Children will enjoy walking around and exploring different types of trees, bushes, and flowers. Decorate a hat with flowers and wear it to greet your group. Purchase fabric flowers and use them to create a centrepiece for your table. Display pictures of flowers, trees, and other types of vegetation on the walls of your daycare.

 

Educ-chat-TreesEduc-chat-Trees
(Open educ-chat-Trees) (Open giant word flashcards-Trees) Print the questions and the word flashcards. Laminate them. Deposit the questions in a box and have children take turns picking a question. Spread the word flashcards out on a table or display them on a wall. Also print the "It's my turn" card. Laminate it and glue a Popsicle stick behind it. It will help children respect the child who is speaking. You may also use a puppet or stuffed animal to identify the child that is speaking. The questions will help children develop their sense of observation, vocabulary, cooperation, patience, etc.

 

Identify (or name) the following items
(Open giant word flashcards-Trees) Print, laminate, and display the word flashcards on a wall near your circle time area or on a large piece of cardboard that can be moved to different areas within your daycare. Ask children to identify the words. birch tree, maple tree, oak tree, spruce tree, white pine tree, larch tree, apple tree, cedar tree, buds, bark, trunk, tree stump

 

PICTURE GAMEPicture game-The tree nursery

The pictures may be used as a memory game or to spark a conversation with your group. Use them to decorate your daycare or a specific thematic corner. (Open picture game-The tree nursery) (Open picture game-Flowers) (Open picture game-Trees) (Open picture game-The garden) Print, laminate, and store the pictures in a Ziploc bag or in your thematic bin.


ACTIVITY SHEETS

(Open activity sheets-The tree nursery) Activity sheets are suggested for each theme. Print and follow instructions.


WRITING ACTIVITIES

(Open writing activities-N like nursery) (Open writing activities-T like tree) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.

 

Stationery-The tree nurseryStationery-The tree nursery
(Open stationery-The tree nursery) Print. The stationery can be used to communicate with parents, in your writing area, or to identify your thematic bins.

 

Educa-nuudles-The tree nursery

(Open educa-nuudles-The tree nursery) Print for each child. Have children color the sheet and use Magic Nuudles to give it a three-dimensional look. Variation: You don't have Magic Nuudles? Have children fill the spaces designed for Magic Nuudles with bingo markers or stickers. To order Magic Nuudles

VARIOUS WORKSHOPS

Construction/building blocks:

  • Natural or colourful wooden blocks
  • A few tree branches and pinecones.
  • Add tiny logs.
  • Have children build a treehouse (provide photos).Educa-nuudles-The tree nursery
  • Add all kinds of wooden sticks children can use for various constructions.
  • Forest animal figurines.
  • Different sizes of empty flowerpots that can be used to build towers.
  • Your workbench and plastic tools...children can pretend to build flowerboxes.
  • Gear activities to make flowers.

Arts & crafts:

  • Cardboard, tissue paper, egg cartons, recycled materials, etc. to create a small cabin in the forest.
  • Hang a large piece of paper on a wall so your group can make a mural together. Draw a few trees and let children complete the masterpiece.
  • Print or draw a tree trunk on a piece of paper and have children glue fabric leaves or pieces of crumpled tissue paper on its branches.
  • An easel and a large piece of paper that children can draw a forest on.Writing activities-N like nursery
  • Popsicle sticks and white glue to make a cabin.
  • Paint your feet and walk on a paper banner to create tracks just like the ones forest animals leave behind. Help children realize that everyone leaves different tracks.
  • A piece of waxed paper and white glue. Have children trace a spider web on the waxed paper with the glue. Let dry and gently remove. Hang the web in your daycare.
  • Talk about forest fires and use red and yellow paint to reproduce one on paper.
  • Decorate your corner with pictures of flowers to inspire your group's creations.
  • Flower petals (real or fabric) to make beautiful collages.
  • Paint plastic flowerpots and use them to present paper flowers made by the children in your group.

Drawing:

  • Coloring pages related to forest animals, nature, birds, etc.Activity-sheets-The tree nursery
  • Musical drawing. Draw a forest while listening to nature sounds.
  • Stencils related to the theme (flowers, gardening).
  • Drawings children can glue a variety of seeds on.

Role play:

  • Set up a florist corner. It could include ribbons, transparent paper, fabric flowers, unbreakable vases, and maybe even a few real flowers.
  • Set up a gardening corner complete with toy gardening accessories, watering cans, empty flowerpots, etc. Add gloves, a sun hat, a section of a hose, gardening knee protectors, etc.
  • Offer picnic items such as plastic dishes, a blanket, plastic food items, a radio and a CD with bird sounds, etc. Organize a pretend picnic in the forest.
  • Camping in the forest. Provide a tent, sleeping bags, plastic dishes and utensils, etc.
  • Decorate your area with gigantic paper trees, pictures form old calendars that represent the forest, fabric leaves, etc.

Manipulation:Giant word flashcards-The tree nursery

  • Memory game related to the forest using educatall pictures or a store-bought version.
  • Puzzles related to the theme.
  • Brown and green modeling dough that can be used to create a forest. You can use homemade modeling dough and let it dry out. Add yellow, red, and orange modeling dough to make an autumn forest.
  • Autumn fabric leaves that can be placed in order, from smallest to largest.
  • A felt board and forest characters, trees, etc.
  • Pre-cut mushroom shapes that can be used to create a memory game.
  • A memory game that involves associating animals to their habitat.
  • A few ropes to teach children how to tie and untie knots.
  • An association game involving animals with fur and animals with feathers.
  • Puzzles involving flowers or trees.
  • Pictures of flowers that can be associated to the correct seed (in medicine bottles).
  • Add a few drops of different flower scents on cotton balls and drop them in small containers.
  • Sort flower pictures by color.
  • Modeling dough and plastic flowers. Children will like to prick the flowers in the dough.

Pre-reading:Educa-decorate-The tree nursery

  • Books about forest animals.
  • Storybooks that involve forests: The three little pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, etc.
  • A radio with CDs of forest sounds, bird sounds, animal sounds, etc.
  • Forest animal or bird puppets.
  • Books about flowers, gardens, etc.
  • Gardening magazines.
  • Pictures of flowers to decorate your area.

Pre-writing:

  • Dot-to-dot tree models for tracing or connect the dot activities.
  • Games with educatall word flashcards.
  • Animal names children can trace.
  • Activity sheets related to the theme.
  • Flowers that can be traced.
  • Games involving differences children must identify.
  • Hunt and seek activities.

Motor skills:Scene-My garden

  • A psychomotor obstacle course. Children must move about like forest animals.
  • Treasure hunt obstacle course. Children must search for pictures of forest animals.
  • Whistle like a bird.
  • Move about like different animals and insects.
  • Pretend you are firefighters fighting a forest fire. Stand in line and pass a bucket of water down the line. The goal is for the bucket to be as full as possible when it reaches the end of the line.
  • Sit around a pretend campfire and sing songs. Explain the importance of making sure your campfire is completely out to avoid setting a forest fire.
  • An obstacle course that children must complete with a flower in their hands.
  • Pretend you are growing flowers to initiate stretching exercises.
  • Draw a flower-filled hopscotch game. Draw flowers instead of writing numbers (2 flowers for number 2 for example).

Sensory bins:Word flashcards-The tree nursery

  • Sandbox.
  • Container filled with soil.
  • Container filled with pinecones.
  • Container filled with autumn leaves (real or fabric).
  • Container filled with sunflower seeds.
  • Container filled with soil and gardening tools for digging, filling, emptying, etc.

Kitchen:

  • Prepare a fruit salad using types of fruit that grow in trees such as apples, pears, plums, and even pineapples!
  • Have children cut mushrooms into tiny pieces and add sour cream and plain yogurt to make a special dip. Serve with veggies to encourage children to eat mushrooms.
  • Prepare a berry recipe...berries are found in the forest after all.
  • Make your own trail mix with seeds, nuts, dried fruit, etc.
  • Bird nest salad. Combine one grated carrot, ½ cup Chinese noodles, and 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise. Form a nest with the mixture. Deposit a few grapes in the nest to represent eggs.

Early science:Sequential-story-Flowers

  • In a container, add leaves, pieces of bark, coniferous branches, and pinecones. Let children manipulate and observe the container's contents with magnifying glasses.
  • Add different types of mushrooms to clear containers and let children observe them.
  • Provide yarn, straw, and other materials children can use to make a nest.
  • Create your own vivarium complete with insects. Don't forget to add a lid!
  • Show children a compass, a map, etc.
  • Build your own birdfeeder.
  • Transplant flowers or plants.
  • Fill a glass with water and add food coloring. Place a white carnation in the glass and watch it change color.
  • Edible flowers.
  • Visit your local gardening centre or florist.

LANGUAGE ACTIVITIESGame-This is my spot-The tree nursery

Word flashcards

Use the cards to spark a conversation with your group or in your reading and writing area. They may also be used to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards-The tree nursery) (Open giant word flashcards-The tree nursery) Print. a pot, a hedge, a rake, a rosebush, a shovel, fertilizer, a garden, soil, a flowerbed, a watering can, a cedar tree, a spade

 

Scene-At the tree nursery
(Open scene-At the tree nursery) Print, laminate, and cut out. Children use the pieces to decorate the scene.

 

Sequential story
(Open sequential story-Flowers) Print the story. Laminate the illustrations and cut them out. Children must place them in the correct order.

 

ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONSMy tree nursery path

Game-This is my spot-The tree nursery
(Open game-This is my spot-The tree nursery) Print two copies. Laminate and cut out the cards. Glue one copy of each card on the table using adhesive paper. Drop the other copies in a bag. Children take turns picking a card to determine their spot at the table for the day. You may also use the cards to determine naptime spots or for your task train.

 

My tree nursery path
(Open my tree nursery path) Print, laminate, and secure the illustrations on the floor to create a path which leads to areas frequently visited by children such as the bathroom or cloakroom. If you prefer, the illustrations may also be used to delimit your various workshops.

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS

Lacing-LeavesLacing-leaves
(Open lacing-Leaves) Print, laminate, and punch holes where indicated. Give children a shoelace or ribbon they can use to lace the shapes.


Leaf race
Use adhesive tape to define a start and finish line. Place two leaves 10 cm apart. Give two children a drinking straw or empty toilet paper roll they can blow in to move their leaf towards the finish line. The first child that sees his/her leaf cross the finish line wins.

 

My flowerbox
Fill a container with soil and add a few gardening tools, plastic flowers, and an empty watering can (to avoid spills). Children will enjoy planting the flowers in the soil.

 

Moving flowers
Stand in a circle with your group. Choose two or three types of flowers. For example, tell two children they are daisies, two children they are roses, and two other children they are tulips. Say, "Tulips trade places!" Continue the game, instructing two children at a time to change places.


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIESMulticoloured - flowers

I am playing in the leaves
Children love to jump in big piles of leaves. This is a simple outdoor activity. If you are brave, bring leaves inside and let children toss them in the air to create a huge leaf storm. You will have a lot of cleaning to do, but children will have so much fun!

 

My garden
Set up a gardening area in your backyard. Offer small wheelbarrows and lawnmowers, plastic gardening tools, flowerpots, fabric flowers, gardening gloves, etc. You can also add a small plastic pool to your area and fill it with soil and plastic vegetables (use older items from your kitchen area).

 

Our garden
In one corner of the yard, plant vegetables in a small garden. Let children care for their garden on a daily basis.

 

Garden obstacle courseMulticoloured butterflies
Create an obstacle course complete with a balance beam, a tunnel, hula hoops, etc. Throughout the obstacle course, deposit vegetable illustrations. Have children complete the obstacle course with a basket in their hands and encourage them to collect the vegetables as they go along.

 

Leaf hunt
In your backyard, deposit several different types of leaves (you must have enough to ensure that children will easily find them). Encourage children to find leaves of different shapes and sizes. Follow this activity with a discussion accompanied by pictures of the trees the different types of leaves belong to.

 

Flying leaves
Deposit several leaves on your parachute. Ask children to gently raise and lower the parachute with you to send the leaves flying through the air. Gradually increase the speed at which you raise and lower the parachute.

 

RELAXATION ACTIVITIES

Relaxing in the forestEduca-symmetry-The tree nursery

Invite children to create a bed of leaves on which they can relax. Encourage them to observe the clouds and identify various shapes they can later draw on paper. Help them notice the sounds of the wind, of the birds chirping, etc.

 

Get moving
Tell children they are a small seed in the soil (have them curl up in a ball).
Tell them it is starting to rain (they can move gently while remaining curled up in a ball).
Tell them their seed is sprouting (children raise their head and their upper body).
Tell them the sun is shining and making them grow and grow (they slowly stand up).
Tell them they are becoming beautiful flowers (they stretch out their arms and strike a pose).
Tell them the wind is starting to blow (children keep their feet firmly on the ground and move from side to side).

 

Garden mazeEduc-differences-The tree nursery
Create a maze with your garden furniture. Children must move from the beginning to the end of the maze. Add obstacles such as a rope they must crawl under like a worm, a chair they must climb over, etc.

 

The rose
Attach a plastic rose to one child's waist. The other children must try to grab the rose. When a child succeeds, he/she attaches the rose around his/her waist and the game continues. The winner of the game is the first child who successfully steals the rose three times.

 

Flower in the wind
Children stand side by side on a line with one arm's length between themselves. They represent flowers. With their arms in the air, they sway in the wind. As the wind gets stronger and stronger, their arms sway faster and faster. The wind turns and their arms turn like helicopter propellers. End the activity with a gentle breeze to encourage children to sway calmly once again.

 

MUSICAL AND RHYTHMIC ACTIVITIESEduc-shadows-The tree nursery

Musical tree
Collect various items related to trees (bark, logs, coniferous branches, pinecones, leaves, etc.). With your group, use the items to create different sounds.

 

Flower dance
Print two copies of flower illustrations. Distribute them among the children in your group. Children must search for the child that has a matching card to identify their dance partner. Once all the children have found their partner, play music and encourage children to dance together. At the end of the song, redistribute the cards and start all over again.

 

Flower song
Divide your group into two teams. Have each group sit at a table and deposit a single sheet of paper and crayons on each table. Play music. Each team must try to draw a colourful flower field before the end of the song.

 

Musical flowersEduc-pairs-Trees
(Open multicoloured flowers) (Open multicoloured butterflies) Print the models or cut tiny flowers and butterflies out of construction paper. Deposit the flowers on the floor. Give each child a butterfly. This game is played much like musical chairs, but without competition. Children walk around the flowers to the sound of music. When the music stops, each butterfly must find a flower of the matching color. Before starting the music again, children can trade butterflies among themselves. With younger children, use only two colors of flowers and butterflies. Add colors as they develop their color discrimination skills.

 

COGNITIVE ACTIVITIES

Educa-symmetry-The tree nursery
(Open educa-symmetry-The tree nursery) Print. Children must color the bottom picture to make it look exactly like the top picture.


Educ-differences-The tree nurseryEduc-trace-Trees
(Open educ-differences-The tree nursery) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must find the number of differences indicated on the sheet and circle them with a dry-erase marker.

 

Educ-Shadows-The tree nursery
(Open educ-shadows-The tree nursery) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must draw a line between matching illustrations using a dry-erase marker.


Color by number-Trees
(Open activity sheet-Autumn) Print for each child. Children must follow the color code to complete the picture.

 

Educ-pairs-Trees
(Open educ-pairs-Trees) Print. Children must draw a line to connect identical illustrations or color them the same color. For durable, eco-friendly use, laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.


Educ-trace-TreesEduc same and different-Trees
(Open educ-trace-Trees) Print for each child. Children must trace each line with the correct color and then color the corresponding item using the same color.

 

Educ-same and different-Trees
(Open educ-same and different-Trees) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must circle the illustration that is different in each row.

 

Educ-math-Trees
(Open educ-math-Trees) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must count the objects in each rectangle and circle the correct number.

 

Tree association
(Open game-Tree association) Print and laminate. Using Velcro, children must associate the cards to the correct tree.

 

Flower namesEduc-math-Trees
(Open word flashcards-Flowers) Print and laminate. Stand or sit in a circle with your group. Spread the word flashcards out in the centre of the circle. Give each child a flower name. When a child hears you say his/her flower name, he must find the correct word flashcard and present it to the group.

 

Hunt and seek
(Open hunt and seek-Flowers) Print and laminate. Children must pick a card and find the item in the scene.

 

Puzzle-Flower
(Open puzzle-Flower) Print, laminate, and cut the pieces. Children must correctly rearrange the pieces.

 

Flower delivery
Use the illustrations from the flower theme picture game (Open picture game-Flowers) Arrange the cards in front of your group. Stand at one end of the daycare and ask a child to deliver a specific kind of flower. The child must find the corresponding card and bring it to you. Give each child a turn.

 

Educ-differences-The gardenGame-Tree association
(Open educ-differences-The garden) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must find the number of differences indicated on the sheet and circle them with a dry-erase marker.

 

Educ-trace-The garden
(Open educ-trace-The garden) Print for each child. Children must trace each line with the correct color and then color the corresponding item using the same color.

 

Educ-same and different-The garden
(Open educ-same and different-The garden) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must circle the illustration that is different in each row.

 

Educ-math-The garden
(Open educ-math-The garden) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must count the objects in each rectangle and circle the correct number.

 

Lotto gameHund-and-seek-flowers
(Open lotto game-The garden) Print the playing cards and small illustrations. Children take turns picking an illustration and checking to see if it can be found on their playing card. If they have it, they deposit it on their playing card. If not, they put it back in the pile.

 

MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Dress-up dolls-The tree nursery
(Open dress-up dolls-The tree nursery) Print and laminate. Let children use the pieces to dress the doll as they wish.

 

My favorite flower
Encourage children to look at picture books about flowers and then have them draw their favorite flower. When they are done, they can present their drawing to the group.

 

Gardening cornerLotto game - The garden
Organize a special gardening corner in your daycare. Fill a large container with soil and add gardening tools, plastic vegetables, and an empty watering can (to avoid spills). Children will enjoy gardening together and picking the vegetables out of the soil. Variation: If you wish, offer a container filled with water. Children will love to wash the vegetables.

 

Collective plantation
Hang a large banner on a wall (or fence). At the bottom of the banner, glue different types of seeds and have children work together to determine and draw what they think will grow.

 

EARLY SCIENCE/MANIPULATION/EXPLORATIONDress-up dolls-The tree nursery

My first herbarium
(Open My first herbarium) Print. Throughout the theme (or the season), have children collect a variety of leaves and flowers they can add to their herbarium. Write the date of each discovery and help children identify the items they find. With older children, you can print a copy for each child and let them complete individual herbariums.

 

Leaves in water
Fill a container with water and add leaves. Children will enjoy blowing through drinking straws to make the leaves move across the water.

 

Leaf bins
You will need three empty containers or bins. On each one, stick a leaf of a different color (green, red, brown). Fill a bag with leaves and ask children to sort them by color.

 

Flower scents
Dip cotton balls in perfumed oils before dropping them into empty margarine containers. Close each container with a lid and punch holes in the lids. You can add adhesive tape to secure the lids. You may use flowers-scented candles or soaps if you don't have perfumed oils. Show children pictures of the flowers that correspond to each scent.

 

A living plantMy first herbarium
You will need two plants that look very much alike. Deposit one plant in a sunny location and water it regularly with your group. Deposit the second plant in a location away from the sun and do not water it. Observe the differences and identify the needs of plants with the children in your group.


Grow, grow, grow
You will need a Ziploc bag for each child. Have them add one or two cotton balls to their bag. Give them bean seeds and have them deposit them on top of the cotton ball(s) and water them lightly. Since plants need light to grow, glue the bags in a window. After a few days, children will begin to observe changes. Variation 1: You can do the same thing using small flowerpots (or yogurt containers) and soil. Don't forget to water your plants. Variation 2: You can use a Styrofoam glass and have children decorate it with eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Use grass seeds instead of bean seeds. When the grass grows, it will look like hair.

 

I am thirsty
You will need three white carnations and three drinking glasses. In one glass, pour clear water. In the two remaining glasses, add a few drops of food coloring (two different colors) to the water. Place a flower in each glass and observe. The flowers in the glasses containing food coloring will change color.

 

Do lily pads float?step by step
You will need different types of flowers: a construction paper flower, a tissue paper flower, a flower drawn on a pebble, a plastic flower, a real flower, and a modeling dough flower. Deposit the flowers in a container filled with water to see which ones float and which ones sink.

 

Planting seeds
(Open step by step guide to planting seeds) Print. Follow the instructions to plant seeds with your group.

 

CULINARY ACTIVITIES

Flowering fruit trees
You will need stick pretzels, icing (or cream cheese), cherry-flavoured Jell-O powder, and popcorn (popped). Begin by placing the popcorn in a bag with the Jell-O powder. Shake the bag to color the kernels. Have children dip their pretzels in the icing and then stick popcorn on the tip of each pretzel stick to represent a flowering fruit tree.

 

Maple leaf cookiesModels-The tree nursery
Serve maple leaf cookies as a snack along with berries or other types of fruit.

 

I am eating flowers
Purchase edible flowers and serve them as a snack. Variation: Cut carrots or cucumbers to represent flower shapes. Use celery branches to represent stems.

 

ARTS & CRAFTS

Models-The tree nursery
(Open models-The tree nursery) Print. Use the models for various crafts and projects throughout the theme.

 

Trees
(Open models-tree) Print. Use the models as a starting point for various crafts and projects.

 

Puppets-TreesPuppets-Trees
(Open puppets-Trees) Print the models on heavy paper. Have children cut them out and decorate them. Attach Popsicle sticks to the back of each model to make puppets.

 

Stencils-Trees
(Open stencils-Trees) Print and cut out the stencils. Children can use them to trace or paint items related to the theme.

 

Leaf prints
Temporarily stick leaves on a large paper banner. Using paint rollers, cover them with paint. When you are done, gently remove the leaves.

 

Hand tree
(Open tree trunk) On a piece of paper, print, draw, or paint a tree trunk. Paint children's hands and have them make impressions to represent the tree's leaves. Depending on the time of year, you can add apples or flowers. You can also use different colors of paint.

 

Colourful treesStencils-Trees
Have children draw tree trunks on heavy white cardboard. They can glue crumpled pieces of tissue paper on the tree trunks to represent leaves.

 

Leaf-filled tree
(Open tree trunk) Print for each child. Have children cut out the tree trunk and glue it on a large piece of cardboard. Encourage them to glue real leaves above the tree trunk to make it look as real as possible.

 

Branches
Collect branches. Children can paint them with poster paint and glitter or, if you prefer, they can use the branches as paintbrushes. Dip the branches in paint and use them to draw on construction paper.

 

My crumpled tree
(Open craft-tree) Print for each child. Invite children to fill the tree trunk with small pieces of crumpled tissue paper. Once the tree trunk is full, crumple red, yellow, orange, and green tissue paper and glue the pieces above the tree trunk to complete the tree.

 

My flower necklaceTree-trunk
(Open models-Flowers) Print. Use only the smaller models. Let children color the flowers as they wish. Make a small hole in the centre of each flower and give children a ribbon they can use to thread the flowers to create a necklace.

 

Yarn flower
Draw a flower shape on a Styrofoam tray. Trace over the lines using white glue. Wrap the flower with yarn. Fill the empty spaces (one space at a time) with glue and different colors of yarn. Attach another piece of yarn to the top of the flower to hang it.

 

Tissue paper flower bouquet
Cut several circle shapes out of tissue paper. For each flower, you will need six layers of tissue paper. Use a pipe cleaner to hold them together and pinch the tissue paper, starting in the centre, to form a flower. Separate the layers of tissue paper to complete each flower. You can add a few drops of perfume to each flower for an extra special touch. Arrange the flowers in a vase or prick them in a block of Oasis foam to create a centrepiece.

 

Dried flowers
Pick flowers in a field or in your garden with your group. Tie the flowers in bunches and hang them upside down to dry in a dark location for three weeks. Once the flowers are dry, children can use them to create a beautiful collage. Have them glue the flowers on a paper plate and paint the contour to create a frame. Attach a paperclip to the back of each plate and display children's artwork on a wall.

 

TulipsModels-flowers-1
Make tulips using egg carton sections. Paint each section using a different color of poster paint. Use pipe cleaners to add stems. Plant the stems in Oasis foam.

 

Flower field
Cut potatoes in two and sculpt flower shapes out of each potato piece. Hang a large white paper banner on a wall (or use paper grocery bags). Pour a small amount of colourful poster paint in plates or trays and show children how they can use the potato pieces to make flower prints and create a pretty flower field. If you wish, you can also glue doilies on your banner to represent a different type of flower.

 

Sunflower seed collage
(Open craft-sunflower) Print for each child. Apply glue to the sunflower's surface and press sunflower seeds all over.

 

My vaseCraft-Sunflower
Give each child an empty YOP container. Apply white glue to the outside of the bottle ad roll it in sand. When the glue is dry, paint your vase.

 

Tons of flowers
(Open models-Flowers) Print. Let children cut out the flower shapes and provide a variety of arts & crafts materials they can use to decorate the flowers (tissue paper, glitter, felt, cotton balls, pipe cleaners, etc.). Display their flowers throughout the daycare.

 

Torn flowers
Provide colourful construction paper. Have children tear the paper and use the pieces to create a flower shape by gluing them on another piece of paper.

 

Flower mask
(Open models-circles) Print and have children cut out the circles. Give each child a paper plate and cut two holes for their eyes. Children glue the circles all the way around their plate to make it look like a flower. Let children decorate their flower as they wish. Glue a wooden stick to the back of the plate to represent the stem. Children can also use it as a handle to hold their flower mask in front of their face.


The sun makes flowers growModels-circle
(Open models-circles) Trace the models on yellow and orange construction paper (the large circle on the orange paper and the small circle on the yellow paper or vice versa). Children cut out the circles and glue the small circle on the larger circle. Next, have them cut strips of construction paper to represent the sun's rays. Have them glue the rays all the way around their sun. If they wish, they can draw eyes and a smile on their sun too.

 

Flower hat
(Open models-Flowers) Print several copies. Children color and decorate the flowers. When they are done, cut a strip of construction paper for each child and measure it so it fits around his/her head. Staple it closed and then let children glue their flowers on it.

 

COLORING PAGES

Complete the drawing-The tree nursery
(Open complete the drawing-The tree nursery) Print for each child. Children must draw the missing elements.

 

I am learning to draw-A treeI am learning to draw-A tree
(Open I am learning to draw-A tree) Print and laminate the model sheet. Invite children to practice their drawing technique on the model sheet. When they are ready, they can try to draw a tree on their own.

 

I am learning to draw-A plant
(Open I am learning to draw-A plant) Print and laminate the model sheet. Invite children to practice their drawing technique on the model sheet. When they are ready, they can try to draw a plant on their own.

 

Creative coloring
(Open creative coloring-Trees) Print for each child. Have children complete the drawing.

 

Coloring pages-The tree nursery
(Open coloring pages theme-The tree nursery) Print for each child.

 

SONGS & RHYMESsongs & rhymes-The tree nursery

(Open songs & rhymes-The tree nursery)

 

The tree nursery

By: Patricia Morrison
Sung to: Twinkle, twinkle little star

Tiny trees all in a row
Sun and water help you grow
Shrubs and bushes, flowers too
They are waiting just for you
To find the one for your home
Visit the tree nursery

 

Have fun!

The Educatall team

 

 

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