How to Make a Tree Bark Rubbing

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

This week we have been focusing on trees when we’ve been out and about. We started by trying our hand at some bark rubbings.

Tree bark varies wildly between species of trees, and taking a tree bark rubbing is a great way to focus on the different patterns and textures,

 

Tree bark varies wildly between species of trees, and taking a rubbing is a great way to focus on the different patterns and textures, as well as making a record of a particular tree’s bark. The process itself is super simple. We used waxed crayons and plain white paper, and used the side of the crayon to take our prints. We found working up and down the page worked best for us.

 

Tree bark varies wildly between species of trees, and taking a tree bark rubbing is a great way to focus on the different patterns and textures,

 

Just like our skin, bark’s main purpose is to protect the tree. While the children made their rubbings, we talked about the properties of the bark, and how they might be beneficial to the tree. The kids concluded that the bark looked like Armour since it was so thick and rugged on many of the trees we looked at. They were also interested to see how many other plants used the bark for their own benefit – we found both Ivy and Lichens growing on the trees we examined.

 

Tree bark varies wildly between species of trees, and taking a tree bark rubbing is a great way to focus on the different patterns and textures,

 

The kids decided that they wanted to start a tree scrapbook to record the trees we looked at. Now seems a great time of year to start one, as we were able to photograph each tree without its leaves – giving us a great picture of it’s overall shape. As we move through the seasons we’ll be able to add pictures of the different stages of the tree’s yearly cycle; we will come back and record their buds, flowers and different leaf colours. The kids really enjoyed identifying our trees using a reference book, and quickly picked up some of the terminology in tree identification.

 

Tree bark varies wildly between species of trees, and taking a tree bark rubbing is a great way to focus on the different patterns and textures,

 

By carrying out this process of physically examining a tree close up, making a record of what they saw through the bark rubbings and photographs, and then by collating their information in their scrapbook, the kids have really have developed a greater knowledge and interest in trees this week. They can now identify 3 or 4 trees confidently from their shape and bark alone, and love, in particular, pointing out the beautiful oak trees that we see dotted about in our area of the country as we drive around.

For lots more nature craft inspiration check out our 12 Nature Crafts To Make With Things You Find On A Walk.

Tree bark varies wildly between species. Taking a tree bark rubbing is a great way to focus on different patterns and textures and learn about trees. 

 

 

 

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26 comments

Nikki Frank-Hamilton January 31, 2016 - 5:17 pm

I love this! What a cool thing to do with your kids, and learn for yourself too. I guess I never put a lot of thought into the fact that trees of different types have different barks, I love the texture and the look. Trees are so absolutely beautiful. All this loveliness all around us and I walk by them most the time, this will help me refocus and really look at the beauty around me! Can’t wait to see what you do next!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 3, 2016 - 6:00 pm

I do love trees, and find being around them actually relaxes me – think I’d enjoy being a forest dweller!

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Laurie January 27, 2016 - 2:49 pm

Love tree rubbings! Such a fun project to do with the whole family! Found you on WayWow Linky party!
~Laurie

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 29, 2016 - 8:38 am

It is such an easy fun activity to do. Thanks for popping over x

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Jenny Eaves January 27, 2016 - 1:19 pm

This is a great idea to get children to explore trees and really look at them closely. Fab that they are now spotting the type of tree from shape and the bark alone, that’s not always an easy task. We have tried bark rubbing too, but O is still too small to fully appreciate all the interesting differences between trees, I’m sure he will learn when he’s older though, considering his dad is an arborist!
Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders January 29, 2016 - 8:40 am

Have to be honest and say we started with the easy ones, but it has got them looking and thinking about others 🙂

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