A few weeks ago I saw this fabulous idea over at No Time for Flashcards and wanted to use it for the play group I was hosting. Unfortunately, my group of 3 and 4 year olds didn't want to spend much time on this activity...but when my 3rd grader came home from school she had other plans for the tree.
Lou had plans to use the tree to practice her spelling words. I quickly made up some paper leaves with her words on them and put them face down in a little pile.
She picked a word at random, read it out loud to me, then had to spell the word without looking at it. If she was able to spell it correctly, she could attach the leaf to the tree. If it was incorrect, the word went back into the pile with the other words for her to review again. I don't think spelling practice has ever been so much fun.
We've still got the tree up on our wall just waiting for more fun learning activities.