Activity Introduction

dirtgirl1Quick summary: In this activity children are asked to ‘investigate’ a tree. Younger children will investigate the differences between trees in the yard. Older children will be blindfolded and either feel the features of a tree or have the features explained to them by another student. They will then take off their blindfolds and try to identify their tree based on the features they felt or had explained to them.

Following this activity is an ideal way for children to participate in Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day - the largest nature-care event in Australian schools. You and your children will join thousands of amazing educators and teachers in making a difference, fostering a child’s love of nature and creating positive environmental change. So, get growing! It only takes a minute to register for Schools Tree Day.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

EYLF Learning Outcome


Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating


Equipment needed:

  • Ages – 0 to 2: The whole tree
  • Ages – 2 to 5: Blindfolds, drawing materials.

Supporting resources:

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Biodiversity from Cool Australia on Vimeo.


Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.


Teacher Worksheet

scrapboyBackground information

Learning goals: Children connect to nature through play-based learning. Children will begin to recognise trees as living things, and will begin to consider why our environment (and we humans) need trees.

Content information: Imagine a world without trees: no wood; no paper; no oxygen; no rustling of leaves; no shade on a hot day; no birds nesting in hollows and branches; no climbing to great heights on wobbly limbs; and no springtime blossoms to drag you out of the winter doldrums. Trees really do give us a lot. But how well do we really know the trees in our yard or garden? Spending time with trees and exploring them with all our senses can be one of the best ways to reconnect with nature.

We have many different types of trees in Australia, but the most distinctive is the eucalyptus. There are more than 700 species of eucalypti and most of these are native to Australia. Since the arrival of Europeans, many other species of trees have been introduced. While th

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Student Worksheet

Sing along with me to find out how to grow a tree!

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