Using Leaves to Identify Trees with Poppins Book Nook
We are reading and learning about Woods and Forests with the Poppins Book Nook this month. We often go for walks in the countryside and we needed a way to identify the different trees we could see on our rural meanders. What we really needed was a well illustrated book that would also be easy to read too.
The book we chose to read this month was The First Book of Trees written by Derek Nieman.
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This book is really well written, packed full of interesting facts about trees. It is part of a series by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (UK) and includes most of the trees you will find in UK woods and forests. What we really liked about this book was that it not only showed what the tree would look like but there were detailed descriptions about the leaves and fruits. It also told you which were poisonous too – which is essential when you are trying to identify trees with younger children.
We decided to go for a nature walk and collect some leaves. We all had great fun trying to identify the different trees we could see!
First Book of Trees
Variety of Leaves
What We Did
We laid out a variety of different leaves that we had collected and then we tried to identify the tree that they had came from. This was more difficult than we first thought as there was nothing else to look at. We had some big debates over this but eventually we had all successfully identified the correct trees.
This is a simple yet great way to teach tree identification to youngsters. Not only can this help to increase their enjoyment of country walks but it can help them see which trees can be found in a more urban setting. It is also a good idea to be able to identify which trees and plants are poisonous and whether they are also grown in local gardens and parks.
We have really enjoyed getting out and about with this month’s Poppins Books Nook. Why not check out what everyone else has been reading about too!
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