Pine trees make great Christmas trees. As you head into the holidays, teach kids about the life cycle of a pine tree and pine cones!
These life cycle activities are a great way to teach your kids how pine trees grow and change from a pine cone to a full grown tree.
This pack includes seven different activities that your children will love as they learn more about pine trees and pine cones.
Life Cycle of a Pine Tree
There are so many fun things to teach children about pine cones and pine trees. Here are a few engaging ideas that will help you teach your kids about pine cones/pine trees, how they grow, their anatomy, and more.
KIDS BOOKS ABOUT Pine Trees
I love to include a wide variety of books in my lessons. I use some for read-alouds and save others for independent reading (when appropriate).
Below, I’m sharing a few of my favorite books about pine cones and pine trees. I find they’re perfect for introducing the life cycle of a pine tree, increasing vocabulary, and illustrating important information.
PINE TREE/PINECONE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Young learners love hands-on activities, and they help students engage with the topic at hand.
When teaching your kids about pine cones and pine trees, you can add one or more of these activities to your to-do list:
• Roll a pinecone in peanut butter and bird seed to create a pine cone bird feeder.
• Teach your kids why pine cones open and close.
Pine cone and pine tree PRINTABLES
In this worksheet packet, you’ll find five worksheets that are sure to engage your students during your winter science lessons.
Pine Tree Life Cycle Worksheet
Kids will cut and paste the life cycle in the correct order.
Parts of a Pine Tree
Students will cut and paste six labels to identify the parts of a pine tree.
Parts of a Pine Cone
I suggest printing this anchor chart and laminating it for durability. Then, you can teach the life cycle with the diagram.
This diagram is great for showing a visual image of each step of the life cycle as well as the vocabulary associated with each stage.
Pine Cone Investigation
This science investigation page is awesome for exploring pine cones. Kids will describe their pine cone, draw their pine cone, and test whether it sinks or floats.
Pine Tree Observation
Children will draw and describe their chosen pine tree. This is a great nature walk activity.