Our family farm is surrounded by beautiful trees, and they always seem to capture the attention of my curious 3 and 1 year olds. This year the plum tree seemed to spread its branches really wide and produced the most beautiful flowers.
We tend to visit the farm every 2 weeks, so when we returned and observed the flowers were not on the branches, my children started to ask “why”.
This, of course, sparked an entire conversation surrounding the life cycle of fruit trees and all the different types of fruit that grow on trees.
Fruit tree facts we talked about:
- A fruit tree is a tree that produces edible fruits to hold its seeds
- All trees that are flowering plants produce fruit
- The scientific study and the cultivation of fruits is called pomology
- Fruit trees produce nuts such as walnuts, almonds and brazil nuts
Examples of fruit trees:
I wanted to create an activity that would reinforce some of the facts we had talked about on the farm, so when I came home I created a fruit tree printable (okay maybe it was a week later, and then another week to finish!)
I LOVE interactive printables that are educational and engage my child. I tend to only print sheets that I know I will have to laminate, cut or stick together. I then place these activities in a folder and use them as long as there is interest. We have sat down to complete this fruit tree activity 5 times in the last week alone (I know it won’t be this way forever!)
What I did:
I printed the fruit trees on cardstock. I did this because I knew I was running low on laminate sheets so I wanted something sturdy, and it worked great! If you print on regular paper, laminating is recommended.
Then I cut out the fruit and used my last sheet of laminate to make the fruits more sturdy (I knew they would be touched and manipulated quite a bit).
The final step was to put small magnets in the grey circles and on the back of the fruit. You can also use Velcro, it’s up to you!
Another option is to cut out the fruit (unless your child is old enough to cut the fruit themselves!) and offer a glue stick. This would make the printable a one-time use, but it’s whatever works best for you.
Click on the image above or the button below to download and print.
Fun fruit facts:
- Tomatoes, peppers or green beans, pumpkins, squash, and cucumbers are fruit because they have seeds in them
- Raspberries and blackberries are called aggregate fruit. They are made up of hundreds of little fruits and each one contains a seed
- Many fruits grow on trees, including apples, peaches, plums, oranges and lemons. Some fruit grow on vines
- Many round berries are poisonous. They might even look like an edible berry.
If you decide to use this printable I would LOVE to see it in action! You can tag me @beyondmilestones on Instagram or Facebook!