It is fun to learn about the trees that grow in your area. This free printable leaf identification chart and cards set will help you identify what trees they are. Both can be taken with you as you visit parks or go for a walk. You could also use the leaf identification chart to identify leaves you have collected and brought home from an outing.
Leaf Identification Chart and Cards
Before you can start identifying leaves with the Leaf Identification Chart and Cards, you will need to print them out.
Then you might want to laminate or cover them with contact paper. It will help them last longer.
Finally, you will want to cut out the cards and punch a hole in the upper left-hand corner of them. You can then thread the cards onto a metal ring so they will be easy to carry.
Leaf Identification Outdoors
Your children can carry their leaf chart or cards around with you when you go on a walk or a hike. They can try to find as many leaves as they can on the chart.
Another way to use the chart or cards is to have them pick up leaves and look for them on the chart. They will have fun trying to figure out just what type of leaf they have found.
If your children find leaves that aren’t of the chart, they could bring them home in a bag. Then you could have them look through The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-Ups or Tree Finder: A Manual for Identification of Trees by their Leaves or Tell Me, Tree: All About Trees for Kids. They are all wonderful leaf identification books.
Leaf Identification Indoors
Instead of having your children head outdoors, you could set up a leaf identification science center. You could have the chart and cards along with a collection of leaves in a tub or box. Your children could go through the leaves and try to identify them using the chart or cards.
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