Six ways to discover and explore the holiday season with pinecones and pine needles

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on December 4, 2013

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Discover and Explore Pinecones and Pine Needles

All around our preschool are pine trees and each year during the holiday season, we like to spend time discovering and exploring with pinecones and pine needles. Today, I am sharing six of our favorite pine ideas and at the end of the post, you are invited to check out or add your own favorite holiday ideas to our Discover and Explore Linky…

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Pine Wreath

The children made simple but beautiful pine wreaths last year with a paper plate, pine needles, pinecones, and a touch of red paint for the berries. You can see the entire Pine Wreath post by clicking here or on the photo below…

Discover and explore the holiday season with pinecones and pine needles by Teach Preschool

Pine Discovery Bottles

Another favorite way to explore pine needles in my classroom is by making a pine needle discovery bottle. You can view the entire post on Pine Needle Discovery Bottles by clicking here or click the photo below…

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Pine in a Shadow Box

Our shadow boxes wouldn’t be complete without adding a few pinecones or pine needles. You can view the entire Nature Shadow Box post by clicking here or click on the photo below…

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Pinecone Painting

If you haven’t ever tried painting on pinecones, then I must say you are missing out! You can view our entire pinecone painting experience and ornaments by clicking here or click on the photo below…

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Pine Needle Paint Brushes

I haven’t written a post about painting with pine needles paint brushes but it is fairly simple. Just attach a few limbs with pine needles to a stick or craft stick using a length of tape and set them out with paint and paper for the children to explore…

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As you can see, we set out pine needle paint brushes out at the easel. Pine needle paint brushes create a beautiful textured painting and is an interesting process for the children to explore…

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Penguin and Pinecone book

And if you are looking for an excellent book to read aloud to your children then I highly recommend the book Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon. You can read more about this book by clicking here or click the photo below…

Discover and explore the holiday season with pinecones and pine needles by Teach Preschool

This is only the beginning of things to do with pinecones and pine needles and soon my current class will be coming up with new ways we can explore and discover the season with pine. Now be sure to check out the wonderful December holiday ideas being shared in our Holiday Linky just below…

PS. Some children may be allergic to pine. Some allergies are mild and a good handwashing can help but others are stronger so find out by checking with parents first!

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