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:
- Pieces of white paper
- Different coloured, long thick crayons, with crayon paper removed
- Large trees
- Take your child into your garden or for a special outing to the park
- Place a piece of paper over the bark of the tree
- 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.
- Your child can turn the paper at a different angles and use another colour to make it more interesting.
- Continue with the next tree.
- These special bark rubbings can be made into a special book as well as teaching your child the names of the different trees.
- Your child can also make leaf rubbings from the trees as well.
What a fun, creative way to explore nature, hands on and learning the names of the trees too!