Tree Rubbings

By Julia Gorham

Tree rubbings are a great way to explore the garden or a park with your child, allowing them to experience the patterns of different textures from trees. The Fields Montessori children loved this nature activity.

You will need:

  1. Pieces of white paper

  2. Different coloured, long thick crayons, with crayon paper removed

  3. Large trees

To do:

  1. Place a piece of paper over the bark of the tree

  2. Ask your child to rub the crayons vertically onto the paper, with long movements, left to right and up and down, until the paper is covered with a beautiful tee bark rubbings.

  3. Your child can turn the paper at a different angles and use another colour to make it more interesting.

  4. Continue with the next tree.

  5. These special bark rubbings can be made into a special book as well as teaching your child the names of the different trees.

  6. Your child can also make leaf rubbings from the trees as well.

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