Sunday, August 31, 2008

Free Family Fun

Choose one tree in your yard to be your family tree. If you don't have trees, choose a tree at a park, school, library or other place that you visit often. Make a family tree scrapbook to record the things you do and learn as you get to know your tree each year. If you don't know what kind of tree it is, take a clipping of some leaves and identify your tree at this interactive website. Be sure to include those leaves in your scrapbook.

Take photos or make drawings of your tree in various seasons. Make a list of the animals and birds that need your type of tree for their own family's habitat. What parts of the tree are used for food and who eats it? Trees are very important to our earth and knowing more about why they are so valuable, makes us appreciate them more.

Each year you can choose another type of tree and learn a lot about the natural world while having fun family time together.

Another option if you have space in your yard and enjoy gardening is to add trees to your landscape for energy conservation and pure enjoyment of watching a tree grow. You could go through the same process as above keeping a scrapbook for each tree you plant.

1 comment:

Leslie said...

What a nice idea for free family fun! To add to this, one could use a concordance to look up Bible verses related to man being a tree and the fruit that can be born be a tree/man.
Peace,
Leslie

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