We studied pine cones this week during our nature study walk. Our home is surrounded by century-old ponderosa pines so pine cones are a common part of our backyard life here in Colorado.
The kids had fun crunching the pine cones on the ground.
We collected 3 different species of pine cones. The first one we came across was a spruce. The cone had light brown flakes around it.
Next, we found a white pine. Its cone had sharp prickles on each section protecting the seeds.
Lastly, we found a lodgepole pine cone. We could only find dark gray cones on the ground. It was rounded with sections more spread out. These beautiful trees towered above us on our walk.
At home later that week, we read from The Handbook of Nature Study about pine cones. We found out that each section has two seeds inside and each seed has a wing that acts like a helicopter to carry the seeds away in the wind. We all drew the 3 species of pine cones in our journals.
Bud – Age 7
Peanut – Age 5
My journal entry
After our journal time, quite by accident, we found some of the seeds. Someone dropped one of the pine cones on the floor and little seeds with wings came flying out. We went outside and threw the other cones on the ground and seeds came tumbling out of those as well. We had fun examining the cones – it made for a fun fall nature study.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. Proverbs 11:30