We all care about nature and 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 forests and trees.
Earth is home to a huge variety of plants and animals and it provides people all over the world with food, fuel, medicine and more. Forests cover almost a third of the Earth’s surface and provide us with oxygen and ensure that the Earth’s temperature is liveable for all life. What can we do to help preserve our forests? Here are some simple ways children can help save forests.
1. Use Your Imagination with junk! Children love playing with cardboard boxes, empty toilet paper and kitchen towel rolls and all sorts of assorted junk. Boxes can become dens and bases and kitchen rolls turn into telescopes or even a didgeridoo! Get your creative side going and fire up your children's imaginations!
2. Reuse 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?
Don't throw that used paper away! Reuse paper that’s blank on one side before you recycle it. Encourage your children to do this with their drawings too!
Use old or recycled scrap paper for colouring and drawing.
Use handkerchiefs instead of tissues.
Give your child a reusable lunchbox for school and nursery instead of a paper or plastic bag.
3. Book Swap. Most of us read a lot, which means lots of books and therefore lots of paper being used. Go and visit your local library swap read books with your friends and family and finally donate them to a local library or nursery school.
4. Tree planting. Children love planting trees, do this as an activity during autumn as this is the best time to plant a tree. Make sure you pick the correct tree for your space to not limit light or damage buildings.
5. Get into a wood. Children love a play in the woods and this is the best way for children to feel connected to trees and want to help preserve them. Visit a local woods or national park and get to know the amazing sights and sounds of a forest habitat.
6. Don't go off the beaten track. When you visit the woods please try and stay on marked trails so that the delicate ecosystems don't get trampled underfoot.
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.