Family Activity: Tree Lifecycle

Oak Leaf and Acorn

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.

Tree lifecycle

#_____ Mature Tree

#_____ Seed

#_____ Snag (Dead Tree)

#_____ Sprout

#_____ Rotting Log

#_____ Sapling

Plant Personification

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.

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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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