| Provide a dry pinecone for each of your
children. Have them turn their pinecones into winter trees
by dabbing on thick green and white paint. While the paint
is still wet, let them sprinkle on salt for a "frosty"
Cut thin paper plates in half, then into fourths to make
triangular Christmas tree shapes (four per plate). Give
one to each of your children and have them color their
shapes with green markers. Then let them decorate their
trees by gluing on gift-wrap scraps, scraps of foil, and
star stickers. To complete, punch a hole in the top of
each tree and tie on a red ribbon hanger.
LEAF COUNTING PUZZLES
| Select five index cards and
cut each one into two interlocking puzzle pieces. On one
of the pieces, write a numeral from 1 to 5. On the other
piece, rubber-stamp that number of leaf shapes. Continue
until all five puzzles are complete. Then give the pieces
to your children and invite them to put the puzzles back
TREE SPRIG MATCH
At a Christmas tree lot, look for discarded sprigs of
different kinds of evergreen trees. Collect two springs
of each kind of tree. Later, mix up the sprigs and invite
your children to find the match-ups.
| TREE WALK
Take your children on a walk to look for interesting trees.
Point out deciduous trees (those that lose their leaves in the
fall) and evergreen trees (those that keep their leaves or needles
all year). Keep a record of the trees you see, and use the numbers
to make a chart when you return.