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Winter Pine Tree


Cardboard Green construction paper
Pencil Scissors
Stapler White tempera paint


1. Make a pine tree pattern out of cardboard.
2. The children use the pattern to trace two trees on construction paper, then cut them out and
fold them in half vertically.
3. Staple the two folded trees together along the vertical line so the tree can stand up.
4. Have the children paint white tempera on tips of branches to resemble snow.
More to do
Field trip: Visit a tree farm or nursery, or take a walk and look for evergreens.
Bring back pine cones for children to sort from largest to smallest, fattest to skinniest.
More science: Pass around branches from various types of evergreen trees. Label branches fir,
blue spruce, white pine, hemlock, etc. * Get seedlings from your state conservation agency and
plant in a public place as a beautification project.
Outdoors: Cover pine cones with peanut butter (mixed
with lard) and birdseed for a bird feeder.
Original poems
The Pine Tree
I like the smell of the pine tree on a wintry day.
It looks so tall and green as near it I play.
I watch the birds fly to its branches so green.
Both summer and winter the birds can be seen.
It stands stately with its tip reaching high.
It looks like a green triangle touching the sky.
Feeding the Birds
I love to feed the little birds
In winter when it's cold,
For if they're never hungry
They'll live to be quite old.
I fill the feeder very full
Or drop seeds on the ground.
And then look out the window
But never make a sound.
For if I'm very quiet
The birds will come and go.
Blue, red, brown and black ones
Put on their special show.
If I were a hungry bird
Sitting in a snow-capped tree
I'd like the little boys and girls
Who bring the food to me.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Science/Discovery/Nature
Topic: Weather
Content: Science
Area: Fine Motor
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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