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 preschool winter activities the kiddos and I got into to learn more about evergreen trees.
preschool winter activities to learn about evergreens
Evergreen exploration in the 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.
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.
Evergreen branches on the sensory table
As I mentioned above, I was given extra fir tree branches where I purchased my Christmas tree. I placed the large branches in our Messy Room’s 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.
More preschool winter activities with evergreens
- 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
Do you have anything you’d add to the list? If so, be sure to let me know in the comments below!