Creative & Easy ways to Save Trees for Kids!

If you’re a fan of nature and the environment, you’re probably already doing things to take care of the planet
Can we teach our kids help save trees?
Forests cover almost a third of the Earth’s surface, including some 700+ million acres in the U.S. alone. They’re home to a huge variety of plants and animals, provide people all over the world with food, fuel, medicine and more.

But perhaps most important, forests provide us with oxygen and ensure that the Earth’s temperature is livable. What can we do to return the favor? Here are some simple ways kids can help save trees.

1.Use paper wisely.
We can save trees from being cut down by using less paper. How can kids help?

Make a space for reusable paper. Dedicate a spot in your home for paper that’s blank on one side. Then reuse it before you recycle it. Put the kids in charge!
Use scrap paper (preferably recycled, too) for coloring, drawing, sketching, etc.
Use both sides of paper (this one works great for homework).
Use cloth napkins.
Choose a reusable lunchbox instead of a paper bag, complete with reusable containers, metal utensils, a cloth napkin and a reusable water bottle.
2. Play and create with trash.
The Explorers love playing with cardboard boxes, empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls – even shoeboxes. Boxes can become forts and superhero headquarters, toilet paper rolls turn into binoculars and bird feeders, and paper towel rolls become spotting scopes and periscopes.

3. Borrow, share and donate books.
We read a lot around here, which translates into tons of books – and therefore lots of paper. The library is a great alternative to buying new, as are friends who are willing to swap books. Instead of holding on to books when your kids have outgrown them, donate them to a used bookstore, library or reading program.

4. Plant a tree.
Our favorite way to pay homage to trees and forests is to spend time with them. Visit a local state or national park to enjoy the beauty and care of Mother Nature.

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