Holiday nature studies are like a breath of fresh air. There is something about the smell of pine that almost has the power to center your soul.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord” Psalm 96:11-13a ESV
I had the privilege of writing a post, Nature Activities for the Holidays, for Life of a Homeschool Mom. I focussed on activities you can do with cranberries. It is part of a very special series called The ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays. I hope that you will check it out and enjoy a little cranberry-themed fun and learning!Christmas Nature Studies--I hope they will put you in the Christmas spirit! Click To Tweet
In the meantime, I have listed more Christmas nature studies. I hope they will put you in the Christmas spirit!
- Evergreen Christmas Tree Book–a scientific based easy reader
- Evergreens Lapbook
- Evergreen and Deciduous Tree Chant
- Go on a nature walk and look for evergreen trees. Draw one of the trees you find and try to identify it.
- Pine Needle Discovery Bottles
- Suggested Reading: Christmas Farm, The Solstice Evergreen: History, Folklore, and Origins of the Christmas Tree, Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color
- Pinecone Creative Writing
- Collect pinecones and sort them into various categories. Arrange them from smallest to largest.
- Make pinecone Christmas trees.
- Use a pinecone covered in peanut butter and rolled in bird seed to make a bird feeder.
- Dissect a pinecone.
- Pinecone Science Experiment: Why Do Pine Cones Open?
- Suggested Reading: The Pinecone Walk, Super Simple Pinecone Projects: Fun and Easy Crafts Inspired by Nature: Fun and Easy Crafts Inspired by Nature (Super Simple Nature Crafts)
- Poinsettia History
- Bilingual Label a Poinsettia
- Buy a poinsettia to care for over the holidays. Observe it carefully over time and draw any changes you see.
- Poinsettia Chemistry
- The Science of Color
- Suggested Reading: The The Legend of the Poinsettia, Miracle of the Poinsettia
I have also included Christmas Nature Notebook Printables for those of you that would like a special Christmas Nature Notebook. You can find them here:
- Christmas Nature Notebook Cover
- General Nature Notebook Pages
- Cranberry Pages
- Evergreen Pages
- Pinecone Pages
- Poinsettia Pages
May you find true joy this season in Jesus and enjoy the simpler things of life!
What are your favorite nature activities this time of year?
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