Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Outdoor Hour: Pines

We were ahead of schedule this week, since we took a nature walk and looked at Pine trees last Saturday, then noticed that the Outdoor hour was also on pines.

Here's what we found. Our next door neighbor has what I think is a Scotch pine. The needles are long and soft, but still too poky for the kids comfort. The pinecones are roundish -- very classic and perfect looking. We brought home four to study further (and maybe paint).

The park nearby has lots of cedar trees. Lisel is still into seeds from the other week, and wanted a picture of the cedar tree seeds.

We also noticed that their leaves are not like the pine leaves -- they are flat, in scales, and not poky. I'm pretty confident that at least Bennet and Lisel can now tell the difference between pines and non-pines, and between pines and cedars. Cool!

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed reading your entry this week. I love that you are comparing and contrasting the trees you are observing. Your children are going to learn so much during this study.

    Thanks for sharing your nature time,
    Barb-Harmony Art Mom