Go outside with your children in the school garden and look at the trees in the school Talk about what season it is and have your child describe the colors of the leaves on the trees. Discuss any other things you see on the tree, such as flowers, berries or empty branches. Look for any animals that make their homes in the trees, such as birds or squirrels.
After your nature walk, give your child the toilet paper rolls or chart papers cut in the shape of a tree trunk color brown.
Show them how to glue the colored trunk on the four pieces of paper.
Next give them a piece of paper for the current season. Show them how to decorate the tree to illustrate that season, and then help them decorate the other three seasons:
- Winter: Show them how to glue the brown yarn onto the paper above the paper roll “trunk” to create bare branches.
- Spring: Have them use light green construction paper to make leaves for the spring tree. Let them glue the popcorn on to make flowers.
- Summer: Have them use dark green paper to make leaves for the spring tree (You can make the leaves and give them the cut outs to paste). They can also draw fruit on the tree or glue colorful buttons or circular scraps of red or orange paper.
- Fall: Use the yellow, orange and red construction paper to make autumn- colored leaves for the fall tree.
Hang the pictures up in the class so that children can enjoy all of the seasons no matter the time of year
At select intervals during the year, point out the tree pictures and talk about how the trees look outside.