Lesson Plan

Tasty Trees

Two boys prepare the 'tasty trees' of this activity

Tom Foster

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Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Third Grade
Art, Biology: Plants, Environment, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Writing
20-35 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
plant growth, recipe, models, art, visual arts, measurement, fractions


This lesson plan is from "Making Connections: A Curriculum Guide to Mammoth Cave National Park, GrK-3", which comprises ten lessons.  This is lesson 5 of that set.

Students use a recipe to produce a forest.


The student will be able to:
  • Work in small groups to make a dough forest 
  • Use a recipe and measure ingredients to make dough   


All plants need sunlight, water, and soil to grow. Plants start as seeds and grow to maturity. In a forest we find many different kinds of plants such as trees, flowers, ferns, and grasses. Without the three main ingredients our forest could not survive.


  • 2 Cups of peanut butter 
  • 2 Cups of corn syrup 
  • 2-4 Cups of powdered milk 
  • 10 Plastic bowls (butter containers, etc.) 
  • 10 Spoons 10 Pieces of wax paper 
  • 2-4 ¼-cup measuring cups 
  • Soap and water
  • Recipe for making the Tasty Trees*
  • Tasty Trees Activity Sheet*

*Available in the downloadable Lesson Plan at the top of the page.



The teacher is able to evaluate the students as they work together to make the recipe and model. They are also evaluated on the list of words or the story they create.


  1. The students plant real seeds and watch them grow. Grass seed works well and its growth could be measured. 
  2. The students could plant real seeds and perform an experiment. One seed they would not give water, one they would not give any sunlight, one seed would have no soil, and one seed would get everything. The students could note the difference in growth between the plants. 
  3. Go for a walk in a forest and note all the different kinds of plants they see like ferns, flowers, grass, and trees. The students may also want to draw pictures of the plants they see.  


sun, water, soil, trees, flowers, forest, habitat, recipe

Last updated: April 14, 2015