Art, Plants and Animals

Amazing trees

Trees can amaze you with their shape, size and longevity. The oldest fragments of a spruce still living in Sweden date back 9,550 years! The tallest in the world are the evergreen sequoias growing in California, USA, some of them reach a height of over 115 m. The thickest tree – a specimen of Mexican cypress, grows in Mexico 🙂 and has a circumference of 34 m. The widest crown in the world has a Bengal fig, planted in a botanical garden in Kolkata. It covers 1.2 ha, which is approximately the size of a football pitch.

In an art game we will create unique species of trees with lush crowns.


  • Introducing children to the visible morphological structure of a tree (trunk, branches, crown)

Time: 20 minutes


  • trunk – attachment 2.1
  • white A4 sheet of paper
  • watercolour paints
  • marker (green or yellow)
  • brush
  • a cup of water
  • rice, groats, lentils

Task flow

  1. Print the trunk template (attachment 2.1).
  2. Sprinkle a mixture of rice, groats and lentils at the crown.
  3. Trace the resulting shape. It doesn’t have to be a 100% perfect reproduction. We do not forget about the gaps created in the centre of the shape.
  4. Pour the seeds from the drawing.
  5. We paint the tree crown with paints. We choose colours depending on the season we want to illustrate.
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The post was created as part of a project co-financed by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt in cooperation with the Naturschutzzentrum Oberlausitzer Bergland.

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