Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity children will be asked to relate the parts of a tree to the human body, such as the trunk of the tree as the torso and the branches as arms. They will then create drawings of ‘people trees’.

Following this lesson 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 experiences 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


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Teacher Worksheet

Background 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.

Activity: People trees

Ages - 0 to 2

What to do:

Introduction: Get students warmed up by dancing and moving to the dirtgirl 'Nature Walkabout' video (see Student Worksheet).

Take students outside to have a look at the trees and plants. Either on the butchers paper or on the pavement using chalk, draw a simple tree that the children can see. Talk to children about the parts of the tree and see if they can relate it to their body parts: arms for branches, feet as roots, torso and legs as tr

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Student Worksheet

 Help me explore the wild outdoors!

People trees! 

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