Exploring and investigating trees is a great way to encourage children to spend time outdoors and appreciate the world around them. Here are 10 ways to engage kids with trees:
- Hug and touch them. Ask questions such as “what do they feel like?” and “are they smooth, rough, bumpy, spikey?”
- Climb them.
- Look for animals that live in trees. Search for evidence such as nests, webs, cocoons and droppings if you can not find any actual animals. If you have access to a magnifying glass give your child one to use during this activity. They love using them and they are great for finding small creatures and details.
- Read books about trees – Last Tree in the City, The Lorax, Leaf, and The Magic Faraway Tree are all wonderful books that children enjoy.
- Take bark rubbing using pencils, crayons and paper.
- Take a camera outside and have your children photograph as many different trees they can find.
- Make a list of why trees are great e.g. they provide food, shade, shelter.
- Collect leaves and create collages or bookmarks. Discuss the texture, size and shape of the different leaves.
- Hang a swing from a sturdy branch and have fun swinging away.
- Plant them on National Tree Day. These days provide an excellent opportunity to get kids outside and interacting with nature whilst doing something wonderful for their community and environment.
What is your child’s favourite way of interacting with trees?