My daughter has a lofty goal in life – she wants to climb trees. Unfortunately, the trees that grow in our backyard are not really “climbable”. Both of them have pretty thin trunks and no support for feet. The best “semi-climbable” tree grows on the other street in our neighborhood. It’s a palm tree, and I have countless pictures of Anna trying to “climb” this tree. Since we had some discussions about palm trees and how they don’t change color in the winter, she calls it “my warmer place” and pretends to migrate there like a bird. Generally she loves trees a lot – their shapes, their leaves, their seeds, you name it. She always brings her findings home and builds houses out of leaves and twigs for her gumball seeds or acorns. She already planted about 10 apple trees out of apple seeds in our yard. Who knows – maybe one of them will actually turn into an apple tree one day, but she doesn’t fully comprehend yet how slowly it happens. What we want to do next year is to plant two trees in our front yard. One will be a birch tree. Both of us come from the countries where birches are very popular, and it’s a “country tree” of Belarus. The second one will be a lemon tree, and we will plant it in a container, so we can move it eventually if we choose to do so. What I find amusing that those exotic immigrants can live perfectly happily together in our mild climate.
Shannon at Growing and Learning By Leaps and Bounds (boy, and I think my blog’s name is long!) shared some fantastic books about trees, and I will definitely look for them in the library. Here are a couple of our picks:
I wrote of this book recently, and we did a fun project based on it. It’s a good book to learn about seasons and changes in nature.
This is a book about a Maple tree, and it’s also fact based. Anna doesn’t like photographic illustrations lately, so she was not a big fan, but I liked it. The photos are gorgeous, and the text is easy to understand.
To find other posts about children enjoying nature, visit Tree Hugging Tots at Growing and Learning By Leaps and Bounds.