What can you do for Arbor Day this year? Planting a tree would be the obvious answer and a great one at that.

I would like to suggest another idea for everyone to add to their lists. A great way to get outside and make a fun project for the kids is to make a game out of what to do. Take a classroom outside, gather up everyone in the neighborhood, or just your own family and try to find the oldest and largest tree you can. Give everyone a string and get them to measure the circumference when they come back to find out who was able to find the largest tree. Get everyone to try and identify the trees and learn about which trees grow faster than others. The biggest tree is not always going to be the oldest tree. The exciting part about this is getting more information about how old some of the trees are and see what the tree you did plant will end up like. Where will it be in forty more years and what stories will it see. There are all sorts of fun things that can be done to add to different little projects for kids of all ages. This one project can involve Science, Math, and English. Throw in a little lesson about J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day and you've covered History as well. My youngest sons love hearing that, "this tree here is older than Grandpa!"

Have fun and get outside and enjoy nature this Arbor Day!

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Comment by Suz Lipman on April 30, 2010 at 12:28pm
What a beautiful picture, and great ideas. Thank you so much for sharing, Blake. Happy Arbor Day!

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