Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Science Activity - Spring Blossoms

Last week the kids and I took a nature walk and looked for tree blossoms.  It's a beautiful time of year observing trees bursting with new life.  Trevor seemed to remember how the leaves fell off the trees in the fall (or maybe he just remembers the concept!), so I told him that we would go around our condo grounds and see what kind of new leaves and blossoms were growing.

My great plan was to to get samplings of all the blossoms, bring them home, and then have him match the blossoms to pictures I had printed out of the internet to see what kind of trees they were.  Well, I had a harder time finding pictures that I thought I would =)  Maybe it would have helped if I actually knew what kind of trees they were!  I guess I'm not much of a botanist.  I'll have to give it more fore site and research time before we do it again next year.  None the less, it was a great preschool activity and Trevor really enjoyed himself.  We put all the blossoms in a cup of water and Trevor was excited to show Daddy what he had collected.


Here are our findings!

Ready for our nature walk!

Baby pine cone "blossoms"


 
Some "mumble under my breath" blossoms.


 
Oh I know this one!
Dandelions, Michigan's finest springtime flower =)


Is this an apple blossom?  Whatever it is, it's beautiful.


A maple tree of some sort.  It has those helicopter things on it, which I thought Trevor would enjoy, but it was too tall for us to reach up to.


One of these trees.....


 
Trevor holding a branch with blossoms that he cut off from own of those trees over there...


 
And lastly, some of these pretty tree blossoms.


I was amazed at how many different kinds of trees are around out condo complex!  I guess I had never taken the time to notice before.  Now if only I knew what kind of trees they were.....

Happy Learning!

4 comments:

  1. Looks like fun!! I plan on doing a "nature" walk with Tyler sometime soon and printed off a Nature bingo sheet from another blog : ) But I just saw this cute idea and thought you guys would have fun with it... http://www.frugalfamilyfunblog.com/2011/05/outdoor-color-match.html

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  2. What a fun idea! I'll have to think to pick up some paint strips next time I'm out. I think tomorrow we're going to go out and look for worms (if it rains tonight) or animal tracks. I thought it would be fun to collect a few worms and make a wormery, but I don't think we have a big enough jar lying around.....

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  3. You might also think about a humming bird feeder hung just outside of a window so the children can watch the humming birds. We love this.

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    1. That sounds great! I'm sure my kids would love that. We're in a condo right now, on a second story, but once we get into a house I'll definitely have to remember to get one =) Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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