If you care about nature and the environment, you’re probably already doing things to help take care of the planet. Today we are going to have a look at ways children can help save trees.
Forests cover almost a third of the Earth’s surface. They’re home to a huge variety of plants and animals, provide people all over the world with food, fuel, medicine and more.
But most importantly, forests provide us with oxygen and ensure that the Earth’s temperature is liveable for all life on Earth. What can we do to return the favour? Here are some simple ways children can help save trees.
1. Don’t waste paper. We are all aware that we can help save trees from being cut down by using less paper. But how can our children help?
Make a scrap paper drawer to reuse paper. Make a space in your home for paper that’s blank on one side. Then reuse it before you recycle it. Encourage your children to do this every time they create their art.
Use scrap paper (preferably recycled, too) for colouring and drawing.
Use handkerchiefs and cloth napkins instead of paper tissues.
Choose a reusable lunchbox for school and nursery instead of a paper or plastic bag, complete with reusable containers, metal utensils, a cloth napkin and a reusable water bottle.
2. Play with Rubbish! Little explorers love playing with cardboard boxes, empty toilet paper and kitchen towel rolls – even shoeboxes. Boxes can become forts and superhero bases and toilet/kitchen rolls turn into binoculars or telescopes. You are only limited by your imagination!
3. Borrow, share and donate books. Lots of us read a lot, which translates into lots of books – and therefore lots of paper. The library is a great alternative to buying new, as are friends and family who are willing to swap books. Instead of holding on to books when your children have outgrown them, donate them to a used book shop, library or school/nursery.
4. Plant a tree. Planting trees is a great and fun activity for children. The best time to do this is autumn. Do your research to make sure you pick the right tree for your space as some trees have complex root systems that can damage buildings or may grow to high and limit light.
5. Visit the forest. The best way for children to feel connected to trees and forests is to spend time with them. Visit a local or national park and get to hear, smell and see the amazing sights of the forest habitat.
6. Stay on the footpaths/trails. When you visit the forest, stay on marked trails. This will minimise your impact on wilderness areas, preserving them for future generations.
If you would like to find out more about how you can help preserve our planets complex and delicate ecosystems please visit the Planet Children website which has some amazing ideas for world change for both children and adults.