Growing a Tree of Knowledge

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Creative Art
  • Wellness
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
Time Requirement: 

Group Size: 

  • Individual
  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Classroom (small indoor space)

To create a growing tree of knowledge by writing down something they have learned each day for a week.


For each participant:

  • Five cut out paper leaves
  • a styrofoam cup
  • Masking tape
  • Piece of brown construction paper
Set Up: 

Roll the brown construction paper into a tube and tape it.
Cut each end of the tube into 5 strips (10 cm long) to form roots and branches.

Step by Step: 
  1. Have participants tape one end of the tube (roots of the tree) to the inside and bottom part of the styrofoam cup.
  2. The tube of construction paper should be standing upright (trunk of the tree)
  3. At the end of each day the participants take a leaf and write down something they have learned i.e. how to bounce a ball.
  4. They attach the leaf to a branch of the tree.
  5. They do this everyday for a week (5 days)
  6. At the end of the week, participants have a tree of knowledge they can place on their desks.
  7. The learning can be reinforced by other people going by their desk and asking what the tree represents.
Safety Considerations: 

Enforce the importance of using scissors safely


The number of leaves needed varies according individuals.
Tape the tube of construction paper to the styrofoam cup for those participants who may not be able to.
Use paper towel rolls instead of construction paper.

Adaptations (General): 

Provide additional assistance to any participants who may need it in cutting, taping and writing. This assistance could be provided by you or by other participants.


Alf Grigg, Seneca College