Arbor Day Activities for Kids

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On April 30, you and your children can celebrate Arbor Day with these printable Arbor Day activities for kids.

Arbor Day is a holiday created to encourage people to plant and care for trees. These free printables are perfect for elementary students to use as you teach and celebrate Arbor Day in your homeschool.

Arbor Day Activities for Kids

The activities featured in this printable pack are perfect for not only Arbor Day but also for your general tree-themed unit study activities.

Below, you’ll find books, printables, and more all featuring trees. While I haven’t focused on it here, you can use this as an opportunity to discuss trees of all kinds.

These Arbor Day activities are perfect for kids in grades K-2. The’re perfect for both home and classroom use so homeschool co-ops can utilize these ideas, as well.

Facts About Arbor Day

The first three pages of this printable pack feature facts and information about Arbor Day. You’ll find a general overview of Arbor Day itself as well as how we celebrate it in the US.

Who founded Arbor Day?

Gather some stories about Arbor Day, and you’re sure to discover the name Julius Sterling Morton.

He founded Arbor Day way back in 1874! In this printable pack, you’ll find a coloring page featuring Mr. Morton.

You’ll also find a biography research graphic organizer where kids can record what they learn about him.

What do trees do for us?

After reading a book or two about trees, have children identify FIVE contributions that trees give to use and to the environment.

Parts of a Tree

You can use the labeled diagram to teach the parts of a tree. Take kids outdoors and have them identify each of the parts, as well.

Then, bring them indoors to label a tree diagram of their own.

Life Cycle of a Tree

As with the labeling activity, use the labeled life cycle diagram to teach the stages of the life cycle of a tree.

Once children are confident in the sequence, have them label the blank diagram to add to their study pack.

Adopt a Tree

Now it’s time to adopt a tree! Take a walk around the neighborhood (or just look in your own backyard), and choose a tree to observe for the year.

Print out the Adopt a Tree brochure, and have your child fill it out the best they can using information from the tree they’ve chosed.

I like to print this out each season to explore the changes over the course of all four seasons.


Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about trees. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.

Because of an Acorn: (Nature Autumn Books for Children, Picture Books about Acorn Trees)Tree: A Peek-Through Picture BookI Am a Tree: Learn About Tree | Teach About Trees to Your Kids | Children's Book About Tree


Because of an Acorn – Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life.

Tree – Watch the tree change as each page is turned! The perfect picture book for curious young minds. 

I Am a Tree – This book introduces kids to the basic concepts of trees and the importance of the trees.

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This Arbor Day printable pack is for sale in my shop! Grab your copy today to get started on these activities in the days leading up to Arbor Day!

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