Preschool Life Cycles Tree Ring Model Literacy Activity for Little Kids

If you’re exploring Preschool Life Cycles or even working on a preschool orchard theme, here’s a fun Tree Ring Model Literacy Activity for Little Kids. This one’s so quick & easy to put together that you’re definitely going to want to check it out! 

collage of tree ring model activities with Tree Ring Models Science & Nature Preschool ActivityWe got lots of awesome ideas via our Teacher Guide this week. If you missed it, we shared this fun Weaving Roots Preschool Investigation Station last week and of course today it’s all about Trunks.

We’re definitely loving this week’s Tree Life Cycle topics. We’ve already covered Seeds, Roots, and now Trunks. Of course we still have Branches and Leaves to talk about too.

preschooler nesting paper strips to make model tree rings
Just like most living plants, trees need light, water, and soil to grow. When learning about the life cycle of living things, children begin to understand how things change and evolve. Incorporating life science concepts into early childhood classrooms allows children to strengthen their curiosity for the world around them. Teachers participate in these powerful learning experiences by carefully planning hands-on learning activities and facilitating science experiments. Hands-on learning is essential for children and lays the foundation for lifelong learning. 

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

Tree Ring Model

Emergent Writing (14.2), Fine Motor (5.2), Life Science (26.2)

cardstock strips nested to make model tree rings
Supplies

  • Tree Rings
  • Trunk Photos
  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Prep

  • Cut paper trunk strips and tape the ends to make different sized rings.

tree rings made from cardstock strips
Discuss and Explore

  • What might be inside a tree trunk?
  • Set the paper rings out and invite children to explore arranging them to look like the inside of a tree trunk.

Play Together

  • Give each child paper and crayons to draw their own tree rings.
  • Use the provided photo as a guide if desired.
  • Invite each child to count the rings and share the age of his tree.

preschooler drawing tree rings on cardstock
Simplify

  • Invite the child to draw a circle, then help him draw another circle around it.

Challenge 

  • Set out 5 different sized circular objects. Trace them from smallest to largest, creating concentric circles.

Observe

  • Did the child draw different sized circles?
  • What did he share about his drawing?

preschooler using crayon to draw tree rings
This was definitely one of my favorite lessons thus far. I loved being able to pull out our Nature Anatomy* book and look at diagrams of what we were studying. And obviously I’m all about being able to walk outside and see Tree Rings in real life. It doesn’t get much better than that, y’all.

tree rings made from paper strips
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Orchard Harvest theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

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