These evergreen tree activities for preschoolers will keep the kids engaged and interested during a preschool evergreen theme. Add them to your collection of winter activities for preschoolers.
Hands-on learning is a must for preschoolers (and kiddos of all ages, for that matter)!
So when my students and I were talking about evergreen trees, I knew I wanted to bring the real things into our classroom.
Below are some fun evergreen activities to try with the kids this winter. Of course, I think you can incorporate the ideas at other points during the year too.
Evergreen Tree Activities for Preschoolers
Have you ever led a preschool evergreen theme with your students? Over the years, I’ve had a few groups of kids who were super interested in all things trees.
I like choosing preschool themes based on my students’ interests, as it makes things more meaningful and engaged for the kids. So the years when the kids loved evergreens, I made sure to incorporate those trees into our plans.
Read below for some of the kids’ favorite activities about evergreen trees.
Evergreens in the Science Center
Gather as many real pieces of evergreen trees as you can and place them in your science center.
I placed a variety of items in our science area for a week or two. Pine cones and pine branches came from some trees near me, and we had a variety of tiny pine cones in our school workroom.
Since I had this science concept running during December, I was able to get my hands on some fir tree branches and a bit of the tree trunk. What can I say? Christmas tree vendors love helping preschool teachers.
I placed some of the branches in a glass vase and a mason jar. I thought they looked pretty festive in the window by our science center!
The other evergreen items were placed on one of the many wooden trays we have in the science area.
The kiddos smelled the branches, felt the pine and fir needles, “dissected” some of the pine cones, and examined the trunk piece with magnifying glasses. They also counted and sorted the pine cones and integrated the pine cones into pretend play.
After you’ve set up the evergreen invitation in your science are, be sure to observe how the children interact with everything. You’ll get some great glimpses into your students this way.
Process Art with Evergreens
I love love love how this pine tree art turned out! The children and I had fun working together on this piece of art for our classroom.
In my opinion, it is a MUST as part of your evergreen tree activities for preschoolers!
Evergreen Branches in the Sensory Table
As I mentioned earlier, I was given extra fir tree branches where I purchased my Christmas tree. You can go on a nature hunt with the children to find your own. Or consider putting a call out to your students’ families.
I placed the large branches in our sensory table. Some of the children really got into examining the branches and needles with magnifying glasses.
Others had fun using tweezers to take the needles off the branches. Personally, I loved how it made the room smell.
Pine Cone Soup
Water play is always a hit with the children, isn’t it? So it’s no surprise that this pine cone water table activity kept the kids engaged for hours.
We went on a little nature hunt to gather all of the materials, which was another aspect of fun.
More Evergreen Tree Activities
Of course I had to gather a few more ideas to share with the kids (and with you)!
Here are some additional activities you can add to your preschool evergreen theme:
- Evergreen oobleck| Little Bins for Little Hands
- Pine cone weather station| Rainy Day Mum at Science Sparks
- Explore types of evergreen trees| The Educators’ Spin On It
- Fine motor pine cone art| Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
- Pine needle discovery bottles| Teach Preschool
- Pine cone toss game| Toddler Approved
What are some of your favorite evergreen tree activities for preschoolers? Feel free to leave some more ideas for me in the comments!