Free Christmas Tree Life Cycle Worksheets

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Have fun learning about the conifer tree with our free Christmas tree life cycle worksheets.

These Christmas tree life cycle worksheets offer an interactive and educational way to explore the fascinating journey of Christmas trees from seed to conifer.

From the moment a tiny seed finds its home in the earth to the flourishing tree adorned with festive ornaments, and finally, to becoming the centerpiece of holiday celebrations.

Prepare to embark on a journey of learning and observation as you explore the mesmerizing tale of nature’s magical process with our Christmas tree life cycle wheel.


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What is the life cycle of a Christmas tree?

The life cycle of a Christmas tree can be broken down into several stages:

  1. Pine Cone: It all begins with a pine cone, which is the reproductive structure of the adult conifer tree.
  2. Cone and Seeds: Inside the pine cone, there are tiny seeds. When the cone matures, it opens up, and these seeds are released.
  3. Seed: Some of these seeds may fall onto the ground, where they await the right conditions to germinate and grow.
  4. Seedling: When the seed finds a suitable spot with enough moisture, sunlight, and nutrients, it germinates, sending out a small shoot and roots. This is the beginning of a new Christmas tree’s life.
  5. Conifer Tree: Over several years, the seedling grows into a young conifer tree. As it continues to mature, it develops branches, needles, and the classic conical shape.
  6. Harvest and Decoration: Once the conifer tree reaches the desired size, it may be harvested and used as a Christmas tree. People then decorate it with ornaments, lights, and other festive decorations.

After its role as a Christmas tree, the life cycle of the tree doesn’t end. It can be recycled into mulch or compost, or sometimes it’s planted in a yard, continuing its journey as a mature conifer tree in the environment.

coniferous tree life cycle

Conifer tree life cycle worksheets

There are 2 life cycle crafts to enjoy and a colored poster showing the life cycle, on 4 pages.

Supplies needed

We love to add the Life Cycles book to our studies.

Christmas tree life cycle spinner

Cut out the two circles, and make sure on the coniferous tree life cycle image you cut out the blank quarter.

conifer tree life cycle spinner craft

Place the coniferous tree life cycle image with the quarter cut out on top of the other image and add a brass fastener to the middle.

Give the upper circle a spin to track the tree’s life cycle, starting with the pine cone and eventually turning into a Christmas tree.

This interactive method adds an enjoyable touch for young learners to grasp and go over the conifer’s life cycle.

Christmas tree life cycle craft

The next activity is a fun craft that involves coloring, folding, cutting, and gluing.

I recommend coloring the images in first, but if you are working with much younger children then you might want to cut them in advance.

life cycle of a christmas tree craft

Cut up the life cycle craft, younger children may need some help.

Sort the images into the correct order and glue them under the Christmas tree. When you have glued the pictures you need to fold them along the dotted lines.

conifer tree life cycle craft

Books about Christmas trees

  1. Pick a Pine Tree. Join in the festive journey of selecting, decorating, and celebrating a Christmas tree with loved ones in this heartwarming tale, beautifully illustrated to capture the magic of the holiday season.
  2. Christmas Tree Book. Follow the delightful adventure of a young boy and his family as they choose, decorate, and enjoy their Christmas tree, immersing readers in the warmth and joy of holiday traditions.
  3. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree. In a whimsical tale of sharing and holiday spirit, Mr. Willowby’s quest for the perfect Christmas tree leads to a cascade of joy as it’s progressively trimmed and shared with various characters, making this story a heartwarming addition to the festive season.

Fun facts about Christmas trees for kids

Here are five fun facts about Christmas trees that kids might enjoy:

  1. The tradition of bringing evergreen trees indoors and decorating them for Christmas dates back hundreds of years to Europe. It symbolizes life in the midst of winter and is believed to have been popularized by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the 19th century.
  2. The tallest Christmas tree ever recorded was over 221 feet (67 meters) tall! It was displayed in a Washington shopping mall in 1950.
  3. Not all trees are used as Christmas trees. The most popular types include spruce, pine, and fir because of their pleasant scent and ability to retain needles. Each species has unique characteristics that make it a favorite choice.
  4. Before the invention of electric lights, candles were used to decorate Christmas trees. Imagine lighting a tree with real candles today, it would be quite dangerous! Thankfully, we have much safer electric lights now.
  5. Real Christmas trees are environmentally friendly. They provide oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide, and can be recycled into mulch or compost after the holidays, benefiting the environment.

These fun facts can add an interesting and educational dimension to the holiday season for kids as they learn about the history and significance of Christmas trees.

coniferous tree life cycle worksheets

Additional Christmas tree resources

Discover even more winter excitement with these fantastic Christmas tree printables:

Additional life cycle worksheets

Continue learning with these additional life cycle printables:

Unleash your creativity while discovering the stages of pumpkin growth. This pumpkin life cycle coloring page combines art with education, making the pumpkin’s life cycle come to life with every stroke of color.

Delve deeper into the world of pumpkins with these life cycle of a pumpkin worksheets. From seed to jack-o’-lantern, these activities provide hands-on insights into the pumpkin’s captivating life cycle.

Explore the essential stages of plant growth through this life cycle of a plant worksheet. From sprouting seeds to blooming flowers, grasp the intricate journey plants undertake in their quest for life.

Unravel the mystery of spiders with this spider life cycle worksheet. Witness the spider’s remarkable journey from egg to spinneret-weaving marvel, and gain a newfound appreciation for these intricate creatures.

christmas activity bundle


Tips for downloading the free files

Below you will see a large sign-up box where you need to add your name and email address, and press I NEED THIS NOW!

Within minutes you will be sent the free PDF directly to your email address, so you can print it out and start using it immediately.

Sometimes emails get a little wonky, so if you can’t see it, please check your spam folder where I am sure it is hiding.

Download the free printable Christmas tree life cycle wheel

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Last Updated on 25 November 2023 by Clare Brown

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