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Find Your Tree

Can you tell trees apart without looking at them? Use your other senses to get to know a tree. Then, see if you can find it later without your blindfold!

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Plan

  • Where will you do this adventure? Make sure there are a lot of trees nearby.
  • What will the boundaries be?
  • How do you use your senses to describe something?
  • What are your five senses?
  • What can we do with our five senses?
  • How will you make groups of two?

Do

  • With your partner, decide who will wear a blindfold and who will lead.
  • If your partner is the leader, he or she will lead you to a nearby tree.
  • Carefully observe everything about this tree using each of your senses – how does the bark feel? How big is the trunk? What kind of leaves or needles are on the tree? What does the tree smell like?
  • After a few minutes, your partner will lead you away from the tree.
  • Then, take off your blindfold a try to find your tree. Can you find it?
  • Switch partners and try again

Review

  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • How did you describe your tree?
  • How did your tree feel? Smell? Sound? Taste? (Taste?! Yuck!)
  • Were you able to find your tree after taking off the blindfold? How did you find it?

Keep it Simple

  • Find a tree without a blindfold! Draw your tree, describe what its bark and leaves look like, and then give your drawing to a partner. Your partner must now find your tree based on your drawing and description!

Take it Further

  • Don’t just find your tree, take care of it! Once you’ve found your tree, why not adopt it and make sure that it is well cared for?