BACKYARD CAMPING FOR BEGINNERS
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Some people track their children’s growth by marking their height against a door or wall, awarding a new hash every time another quarter inch or so is grown. But what about a more interactive version to not only track how much your child is growing up, but how much the whole family changes and grows as well. Your very own living, breathing tree can serve that purpose. In essence, you can grow your own family tree! While this project might not document your family’s heritage, it WILL chronicle how your family changes throughout the years - and how your landscape does as well.
The project involves planting a tree and using it as a backdrop for annual family pictures and photos of milestone moments. Eventually you will be able to fill an entire scrapbook with the pictures that mark time and perhaps many years from now, as the tree and your family age together, the next generation of your offspring will appear under the family tree and they will continue the tradition for years to come.
Here’s what you’ll need: a small tree of your choice, a shovel, and mulch
Here’s how to do it:
Planting a living family tree is a fun hands-on project that lets kids see their handiwork for years to come. Taking pictures with the tree annually will inevitably invoke laughs and storytelling about the year that has passed, and it will help children begin to develop an appreciation for nature and its important role in our lives.