Activity Introduction

In nature, things can change so gradually we don’t notice. Suddenly, a bare tree might be covered in blossom, or have its green leaves turn orange. By choosing a tree to check in with every day, and draw what you observe, you will start to see how the gradual changes can be predicted. 

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Middle to Upper Primary Ages 7 – 12


  • fresh air 
  • be creative 

Time required: 10 minutes a day

Curriculum connections: Science, HASS, Mathematics, The Arts, Sustainability

Tips for Parents and Carers

Spending time observing nature and all its interactions gives kids a greater appreciation for the environment they live in, and creates a desire to help protect it.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Adopt a habitat tree

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Student Worksheet

Life Is Not Still - Activity Instructions

Part A: Observation 

Step 1. Take your ‘Adopt a tree data collection sheet’ outside, and explore your garden or a nearby park, if it is safe to do so. As you explore, keep an eye out for a tree that you like the look of - this is the tree you will adopt for the week!

Step 2. When you’ve chosen your tree, read through the data you need to collect, and make notes about what you can see. 

Part B: Still Life Art

Note: Still life is a form of art that shows objects, usually things like food or flowers, arranged in a particular way. 

Step 1. Using the data you have collected today, draw your tree. Don’t forget to include all the plants, animals, insects and birds that you collected data on - these all affect your tree from day to day. On your worksheet are some hints on what to draw.

Part C: Changing Over Time

Repeat this activity every day for a week, or longer if you like! You could create a booklet of each day’s data and drawings, so you c

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