Earth Day/Arbor Day: Trees, Trees, Trees

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With Earth Day and Arbor Day coming up, we should take a moment to appreciate the trees that give us air to breathe, shade in the heat, and a million other things!

What You’ll Need:

*Don’t have trees in your yard? Head to a local park.

*Read some books on trees in the shade of a large tree. See our suggestions below in "Suggested Resources."
*Look at the trees around you. Identify the tallest, fattest, shortest, thinnest, straightest, and most crooked trees.
*Pick a tree with some crazy branches. Can you hold your arms that way? Notice how some grow straight out, up, down, or in zigzags.
*Watch how the branches and trunks sway with the breeze. Close your eyes, hold your arms out like branches, and sway with the breeze. What do you hear? What do you feel?
*Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the winter, while evergreen trees keep theirs all year long. What other differences do you notice between them? What similarities?
*Use your fingers to feel the bark and trace the shapes you see. Use your paper to make bark rubbings of various trees and see if you can identify those trees.
*Draw a picture of your house without any trees or bushes. Now add the trees and bushes in. Talk about how much nicer your picture is now and how important trees are to your family.
*Send us a picture of your family appreciating the trees and we may post it to our site!

Suggested Resources:
Be a Friend to Trees - at
Once There Was a Tree - at
Where Once There Was a Wood - at

This activity can be found in Games & Activities section of our site.