Our maple trees, our giving trees, giving gifts all year around: their trunks make maple syrup in early spring. Throughout the year, the limbs give us a place to climb and swing. Colorful leaves to splash in all autumn, and helicopter seeds that fall—and when tossed up—gracefully spin down again. The grove will soon be a pretty place, with silken snow white lace, and then this wondrous cycle begins anew.
We swing. We climb.
We collect sweet maple sapsicles while maple sugaring. And play with spectral colors.
We toss twirling maple seeds. And admire their wonder.
A sometimes quiet place. A sometimes place of laughter. (Photo above taken by our 6-year-old)
Our gracious grove of maple trees is also a place we sit and read together. Two tree-celebrating favorites to read under your own tree: the make-you-think-bring-you-to-tears children's book classic, The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein, and the Caldecott award-winning book celebrating all the joys trees give—A Tree Is Nice.
Because a maple tree, a giving tree, IS nice.
Want a tree project to go along with your reading? See our post leaf rubbing: our own easier way for little hands and our free printables about how maple syrup is made. We also share maple syrup recipes in almost maple sugaring time...maple syrup recipes.© heather cahoon wordplayhouse
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