Activity Introduction

‘I saw a cat on a mat, then it jumped onto my hat!’ It can be fun to find and say words that rhyme! In this activity, you will listen to a rhyming picture book about trees and create some poetry to celebrate the importance of trees.

Younger kids will need support to complete this activity.

Ideal for: Lower Primary Ages 5 – 7

Themes: 

  • fresh air 
  • be creative

Time required: 20 minutes

Curriculum connections: English, Literacy, Sustainability 

Tips for Parents and Carers

You can find rhyming dictionaries to help you out (but make sure they’re kid-friendly). Here’s an example of one online rhyming dictionary that is suitable for children: Rhyme Desk

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Outdoor Learning – The Tree and Me – Foundation

Resources Required

  • Access to outdoors
  • The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward (online reading also available)

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Outdoor Rhyme Time - Activity Instructions

‘I saw a cat on a mat, then it jumped onto my hat!’ It can be fun to find and say words that rhyme! In this activity, you will listen to a rhyming picture book about trees and create some poetry to celebrate the importance of trees.

Part A: Tune In To Trees

Step 1. Choose a cosy place in your garden to sit and listen. Listen to the story, The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward. You can hear it being read here if you do not own the book. Notice how the words rhyme!

Step 2. Explore your garden, finding a tree. What things can you see living in and near that tree? Draw a picture of all the living things around this tree:

Part B: Poetry

Step 1. Make a list of words that rhyme with ‘tree’. An adult can help you write them.

Step 2. Use your picture and the rhyming words to finish this poem.

                            the tree

Giving shade to you and                            

                            the tree

Givin

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