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Activity overview

15 mins
Ages 5 – 7

Science topics:

Living things and their habitats , Plants

Take a much closer look at this familiar object. Can your class use their reasoning skills to work out what it is?

Run the activity

You will be zooming in and out of the image above – starting very close and stepping back slowly.

1. Start by asking everyone:

  • What do they think the image is and why?
  • What does the image remind them of and why?

2. Every time you zoom out, ask the class:

  • Can they describe the colours, shapes and textures?
  • What do they think the image is now – have they changed their minds?

Background science

Children often do not realise that trees, like other plants, grow from seeds and have roots in the ground to take up water. They may find this particularly difficult with pine trees, as the pine needles, which are modified leaves, do not look like most other leaves. Pine trees are evergreen trees that keep their leaves throughout the year (other examples include: cypress, olive, holly). Trees that shed their leaves every year are called deciduous (examples include: oak, beech, ash).

Pine trees are associated with the Christmas decorations. Although a few needles will drop from trees living in the forest, when a pine or fir tree is cut down and used as a decoration, the needles drop at a much higher rate as the tree is no longer living.

Take it further

Take your class outside at different times of the year to explore the different trees in your local area. They can develop their observational skills by identifying the evergreen and deciduous trees and noticing similarities and differences. Over the year they can observe the changes that take place and keep a record.

Children may enjoy the Explorify activities Evergreen, which features plants that are commonly looked at in winter.