Cherries and Cherry Tree Theme
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Themes Activities and Materials
Alphabet > Letter C > Consonant Digraph Ch is or Cherries

C haracter Education
>
Fairy tales and Legends > Online story time > The Cherry Tree

Crafty activities > > Cherries or Cherry Tree
> Cherries placemat or hat

Nutrition
Fruits

Plants > Trees > Cherry Tree

Holidays and Events >
Feb > President's Day
Mar > Nat'l Nutrition Month
Apr > Arbor Day
Jun > Fruit and Vegetables Month


Seasons > Summer

Make sure to have a selection of cherries to show and present to the children:

Activity 1 > Topics > Health and Nutrition > Plants > Trees > Cherries
1. A cherry is a small, round fruit that grows on a tree.  It is red, yellow, or purple in color and has a hard pit (seed) in the center.

2.  It is a kind of tree or shrub of the rose family grown for its showy flowers, its sweet or sour fruit, and for lumber.

3.  The wood of the cherry tree.

Visit choosecherries.com for fun nutritional facts, snacks, and recipes

Activity 2 > Story time > Historical Legends > The Cherry Tree and George Washington

Character Education > Honesty > Read the fable of The Cherry Tree and George Washington written by M. L. Weems.



summer tree coloring page

Activity 3 > Consonant Digraph Ch Cherries printable activities

Activity 4 > Cherries Theme Crafty Ideas

Dress a Tree with Cherries
Cherry theme coloring pages: [click on images to print]
1.  George Washington and the Cherry Tree Coloring Pages #1, #2 (read the legend)
2.  Tree and bunny rabbits
3. 
Tree and picnic scene

Select a coloring page. Have children color the image first. Children can decorate the tree with "cherry":  painted fingerprints (poster paint or washable ink pad), red round stickers or red paper cut-outs using a small coin as a template. Have children add five or ten cherries in clusters. Have them count them to practice numerals and number order.

Cherries placemat or hat > Print this cherries page in color or to color.  

Placemat
> Cut out and have children make a collage placemat on green construction paper. 

Hat or crown >
cut a strip of green construction 3-4 inches wide to fit around the head.  Have children paste the cherries. Older children can write Ch or numbers inside the cherries.

Other uses for the cherries template
: counters, nametags, or to decorate a large bulletin board cherry tree (name of the students on it) or large calendar (Numbers 1-31 days).