Bark Rubbings

Besides being fun children will learn to identify and describe patterns in bark that allow identification of different trees by doing bark rubbings.

You Will Need:
Crayons
Paper
A few different types of trees

Directions:
1. Give the child a sheet of paper.
2. Give the child a crayon and have the child peel the paper off the crayon they chose.
3. Hold the paper onto the bark of the tree.
4. Lay the crayon flat and rub it on the paper until an image of the bark is clear.
5. Now proceed to a different type of tree and do the same on another piece of paper.
7. Ask the child what are the characteristics of each type of bark that makes the rubbings appear different?

This kind of activity helps children notice the differences in plants and it’s lots of fun.

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