Let’s get to know leaves and seeds. Use these free printable three-part leaf and seed cards with these eight forest school activities to get to know your trees.
Free printable three part leaf cards for forest school activities
These three-part leaf and seed cards feature attractive images and simple tree names to help your children get to know the parts of a tree and begin to identify the trees in your local area.
You can use the versatile leaf printables with these tree activity ideas as part of your autumn forest school activities.
Ready-made forest school lesson plans
A forest classroom is a place of adventure, discovery, and imagination. It can also be a wonderful place to learn about math and science, explore art and crafts, and develop language and social skills.
The Forest Classroom is a practical guide which will show you how to engage your children in fun and educational forest-school activities.
These ready-made forest school lesson plans are suitable for forest school leaders, teachers, childcarers and parents with children aged 4 to 10, to learn in a forest, school nature area, local park or your own backyard.
Get your copy of The Forest Classroom here and you’ll be ready to head straight outdoors and enjoy teaching, using our ready-made lesson plans.
How to use this three-part tree card printable
Print the leaf and seed set on card – see below for details on how to print.
Cut out the three parts of each strip of pictures.
Eight forest school lessons about trees
Here are eight ways you can use the cards with your children:
:: use the cards as a talking point at circle time or around the campfire. Invite your children to take a look at the cards and talk about how trees have leaves and seeds. Do they know what seeds are? Do they recognise any of the leaf shapes or the seeds? Do they know the names of any types of tree?
:: take a walk around the woods and see which of the picture cards you can match to your trees. Can you find any seeds?
:: set out a leaf and seed discovery zone. Lay out a selection of leaves and seeds along with the cards and invite your children to match them up. You can provide magnifying glasses so your children can take a close-up look at the leaves and seeds.
:: take your cards with you on a nature walk. Can you label each tree with its name, leaf and seed pictures?
:: Once your children are familiar with the types of trees, set them the challenge to match up each set of three cards. Can they work with a friend to match up each leaf with its seed and its name?
:: Make an autumn sensory tub filled with leaves and seeds and hide the three part cards inside for your children to discover.
More forest school activities for autumn
Autumn is the best season in the forest school year, right? Try these forest school activities with your children:
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