Hunt for Tree Products
Hunt for nature’s treasure, the many different products made by trees! Your child will learn about nature, trees, and categorizing while having a fun nature hunt.
What You Need:
- Paper and pencil
- Container or plastic ziploc bag
- Drawing materials
What You Do:
- Tell your child that he will go on a nature hike and hunt for tree products. Surprisingly, he will look for tree products that are NOT leaves, but are other products made by trees.
- Make sure your nature hike is in a place with lots of different types of trees so that he can find a variety of tree products.
- Take the container or plastic bag along on your hike, and have your child look for some of the following tree products on grounds beneath trees or hanging from trees:
- Pods—These look like string beans or pea pods hanging from branches. They are hard and leathery when ripe, then split open to release seeds.
- Winged “Seeds”—These look like helicopter blades, and do spin when they fall off trees.
- Spiny-husked nuts or other prickly brown balls
- Note that some tree products may be seasonal or regional, for example the pods and acorns may only be around in autumn. If you live in a region with fruit on nut trees, add “Fruits/Nuts” to the above list of tree products and bring home an apple or walnut!
- Feel free to let your child find other tree products that aren’t on this list, like different kinds of bark, or something else unique. Celebrate the fun of discovery!
- Once he has his collection of tree products, he can take them home and organize them into categories as mentioned above. He can make a chart to show how many he found of each kind. He may want to draw illustrations of his finds, showing how an ideal product from each category looks.