Arbor Day

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What is Arbor Day?

Arbor is a Latin word meaning ‘tree.’ It’s a day where we plant and care for trees and it is a day which is celebrated throughout the world to raise awareness of trees and the important role that they play in our environment.

When is it celebrated?

Arbor Day is celebrated on different dates around the world, depending on local seasons and temperature. This is because one of the main things to do on Arbor Day is the planting of trees which is best done at certain times of the year in different countries. Arbor Day is usually in April or during spring time.

0415_hereplay2Trees and Paper

Every day we use something that is made from trees. One of the things we use most often is paper. Although paper can be made from a variety of natural materials, it is most often made from pulp that is produced by grinding up trees. It takes thousands of trees to make the editions of a big city newspapers. That’s more than a million trees a year!

Where did paper come from?

Since the invention of writing, people tried to come up with something easier to write on than papyrus or parchment, and also something easier and cheaper to make. It took 3,000 years to come up with paper!

Paper was invented here in China. Paper was a big success, and began to be used all over China. Even after people in China began to use paper, it took another thousand years before people were using it all over Europe. By the time the rest of the world caught up with people in China paper was being used in more and more different ways. They were using it for kites, and even for toilet paper!

Saving Resources

Because paper is so important to us and because we use so much of it, we need to make sure we don’t waste it. It only takes a second to use a paper napkin, but decades for a tree to grow. The good news is we can save trees by using less paper and by recycling paper.

Make It!

Save trees by making your own recycled paper. It will help increase your awareness of tree products and their uses, and discover how important it is to recycle. Also you will learn how easy it is to make recycled paper. However, the best thing that you can do for Arbor Day is plant a tree!

Do It!

PrintNo need for boring newspapers, save paper and get informed in a fun way with a news app made just for kids! You can download the app onto an iPad!

News-o-matic is an interactive newspaper for kids. Both real issues and fun news stories are added on the News-o-matic app every day. There are different features on the app including stories and puzzles. Its good fun and you can even send comments and drawings to the editor. Most articles include a question to get you thinking about the issue. It gives you a chance to form your own opinions on current issues. Save trees and go get informed at the same time!