Wednesday, January 15, 2014

No, the trees are not dead! 5 Activities for Teaching Your Kiddos About Trees in the Winter.

In addition to spending time outdoors together, I love teaching my kids about nature. It's not that every hike needs to be a school lesson, but kids are inherently curious. So why not channel some of their curiosity by helping them understand what they see around them.

Here are a few things I am and will continue teaching my kiddos about trees in the winter.
  1. The trees are not dead. They are dormant; similar to animals hibernating in the winter. 
    1. Try scrapping off a little of the bark with your fingernail. See the green beneath? 
      No, the trees are not dead! 5 Activities for Teaching Your Kiddos About Trees in the Winter.
      It is best to do this on young branches of small trees. 
  2. Why are they dormant? There is generally no available water and not as much light in the winter (days are shorter), so trees stop growing and metabolism or energy consumption slows down. (Source)
    1. Talk to your kids about what happens to water in the winter: it turns to ice and snow.
      No, the trees are not dead! 5 Activities for Teaching Your Kiddos About Trees in the Winter.
  3. Evergreens or conifers stay green all year round. Although they are generally dormant in the winter, they can grow when water is available. (Source)
    1. How many different kinds of conifer leaves can you find? They are designed to minimize water loose. 
      Did you know some broadleaf trees are evergreen too?
  4. Trees will come back
    1. When the weather warms, trees will re-sprout leaves and begin to grow again. 
  5. Winter is a great time to spot animal nests. How many can you all find?
    No, the trees are not dead! 5 Activities for Teaching Your Kiddos About Trees in the Winter.
    Remember that nests are generally high up in trees. Thus the reason for small pictures. Sorry
What do teach your kids about winter or what are they curious about during the winter months?
No, the trees are not dead! 5 Activities for Teaching Your Kiddos About Trees in the Winter.

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12 comments:

  1. Wonderful activity...! ... Michelle

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  2. I love how you can PDF this and take it with you, that is great!! - Camilla

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    1. Thanks. I am excited to be able to add that feature.

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  3. A great way to appreciate what's happening in nature during Winter and I love the download format.

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    1. Glad you find it useful. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Thank you for linking this post into Nature Notes..... Michelle

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  5. A great nature post. Winter is a fun time for the children to be outside..Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

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  6. just wonderful for your young ones to have a parent who spends time to help them find nature and to understand more about it too; well done

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    1. Thanks. They don't even realize they are learning. They just think we are playing.

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  7. Great post...what wonderful information. Thanks for linking to the OUtdoor Play Party.

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