The children will learn about Tu b’Shevat, explore what they appreciate about nature, and create greeting cards to share what they have learned with adults.
Tu b’Shevat Discussion and Introduction to Activity
Creation of the Card
Fold recycled card stock in half for the card and distribute to children.
- If the weather permits, go on a “Nature Walk” outdoors and have the children find beautiful and interesting (small) things in nature (i.e. different shaped leaves, pine needles, berries, etc.) to make a collage for the front of the greeting card. Alternatively, bring some items in nature into the classroom for the children to select for their collage.
- Crayon Leaf Rubbings
- Provide old magazines (preferable nature-related ones such as National Geographic) and ask the children to cut out beautiful pictures of nature and possibly nature words or phrases they find (i.e. tree, sun, save the earth) and make a collage using these cut-outs by gluing them to the front of the card. Instruct children to arrange their collage first before gluing.
- Alternatively or in addition, children can use the nature pictures on the Canfei Nesharim website (see Nature Images)in their collage. Either print out the Nature Images on white paper for children to cut out and glue onto the front of the card or use 81/2 x 11 Avery #5165 white label paper (one big label) for children to cut out and stick onto the front of the card.
- Draw or paint nature pictures after a “Nature Walk” or looking at nature books or magazines for inspiration. Cut out these pictures and glue them to the front of the card or draw/paint them directly on the front of folded recycled card stock.