ALL ABOUT TREES

NATIONAL TREE DAY



"IF ALL THE TREES WERE ONE, WHAT A GREAT TREE THAT WOULD BE!"

National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day provide all Australians an opportunity to  something positive for  the environment and reconnect with nature.  It's not too late to start planting trees!

The PLANET ARK website contains all the information you will need to get started.  You will find TREE STORIES, A PHOTO GALLERY, information about the day and about ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS of planting trees, as well as how to get outside and CLIMB A TREE!



WHICH ANIMAL LIVES IN AN OLD GUM TREE?
(tune - Mulberry Bush)

Which animal lives in an old gum tree?
An old gum tree, an old gum tree
Which animal lives in an old gum tree?
In Australian forests.

A koala lives in an old gum tree
An old gum treem an old gum tree.
A koala lives in an old gum tree
In Australian forests.

Traditional-adapted


Birth to 6 months
(baby lying on floor on blanket)  Sing the song looking into your baby's eyes.  Beat the time on your baby's tummy or back so they can feel the music.  Use gestures to represent the different animals.  Perhaps you would like to sing this song while you dance around the room holding your baby.  You can both 'become' the different animals in the rhyme.

6 months to 5+ years
Hold your child or their hand and dance around the room.  You may like to dance outside especially if you have a BIG tree to dance around!  Sing the song and use gestures to represent the different Australian animals.  Your child should join in with you as their confidence grows.  Use different voices for each animal as you sing.  Both of you will laugh and have a lot of fun with this rhyme.



Learning Language
Children will learn the names of different Australian bush animals.  Take a walk outside, in a park or around your neighbourhood and see if you can spot any animals, or even insects buzzing around merrily.  Try to name everything you see to increase your child's vocabulary.  Take some photos and then make your own book about your investigations.



Attachment and Bonding
Spending time with your child, singing and dancing helps you to both form a strong attachment - a loving relationship. Children will increase their self esteem knowing that you care about them and want to spend time singing, dancing  and sharing rhymes.

FUN TREE ACTIVITIES


Other activities can found at -  
Mrs Jones Room
The Imagination Tree
YouTube - Trees Short Trees Long
YouTube - I had a little nut tree
YouTube - watch a Kookaburra



MOST IMPORTANTLY HAVE FUN WITH YOUR CHILD. 
LAUGHTER HELPS TO RELEASE ENDORPHINS IN THE BRAIN. 
LEARNING IS EASIER AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS ARE STRONGER.


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