Kids Activities from Project Learning Tree

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Posted on February 18, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Kids Activities from Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree helps young people gain an awareness of the world around them and their place within it. Blending a walk in the outdoors with a fun and engaging PLT activity creates a powerful learning experience for children of all ages. Take your children, grandchildren, neighbors' or friends' children outside and try one of these activities.

These activities are modified from Project Learning Tree's PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide. The PreK-8 Guide can be obtained by attending a Project Learning Workshop. For more information on how to attend a PLT workshop please contact your state coordinator. (LINK to embedded address)

Activity 22: Trees as Habitats
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 and discover how plants and animals depend on trees in many ways.

Activity 23: The Fallen Log
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.

Activity 65: Bursting Buds
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.

Activity 76: Tree Cookies
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.”

Activity 78: Signs of Fall
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.

Activity 79: Tree Lifecycle
In this activity, students will discover that trees have a lifecycle that is similar to that of other living things.

Source: Project Learning Tree

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