In this activity, children will discover that trees have a lifecycle that is similar to that of other living things.
Doing the Activity
Trees have a lifecycle that includes birth, growth, injury, disease, aging, and death. The next time you are in the presence of trees, ask children to identify the various stages of a tree’s life.
- Are trees alive? How do you know?
- How are trees born? Do they die?
- How does a tree’s life compare to the life of a person?
- Can you find a young tree? An adult tree? An elderly tree? A dead tree?
Have children match up the tree lifecycle images with their correct name using the numbers provided.
#_____ Mature Tree
#_____ Snag (Dead Tree)
#_____ Rotting Log
Have children act out the lifecycle of a tree. They can curl up as a seed, kneel to sprout, stick arms out like branches, wiggle fingers for leaves, stand up to grow tall, spread feet to show roots, and fall over to die.
Get the Full Activity
This family activity is adapted from Project Learning Tree’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide which can be obtained through an in-person professional development workshop or online course.
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