Having a quiet activity for children to do is great during stormy weather, after naptime, or just when things are starting to get rowdy. These ideas are very inventive, especially the one about making fall trees! The children really are learning during these centers.
It is important to talk to students about nature, but I feel like most teachers focus on animals or the seasons – trees are a large part of what children see when they go outside. Observations of trees and the different types would help them understand more about their effect on trees, as well as how trees make a difference in their lives. This article goes into a deeper understanding than I would do with my young students, but it reminded me that trees should be discussed in science.