This Nature Make is an old one but a good one! It's a really lovely activity and one you can easily do when you're out and about. All you need is paper, some crayons and a tree!
To make your bark rubbing, hold a piece of paper against a tree trunk and rub a crayon over the top to produce a copy of the bark pattern. Use the crayon on its side for a better effect or for younger children, try to find chunky crayons that they will be able to hold more easily.
To get more out of this activity, try moving the paper to different spots on the tree. This will get your little one bending and stretching and using lots of big arm movements. For older children, make and compare bark rubbings from different types of tree.
I have to admit that the effect produced by our bark rubbing wasn't that impressive as Ava is perhaps a little young to use the right amount of pressure needed. However, she LOVED rubbing her crayons against the tree and wanted to use every colour of crayon she had! We finished off our bark rubbing picture by going over the wax pattern with watercolour paint.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN PICKING AND HANDLING UNKNOWN NATURAL MATERIALS. SUPERVISE CHILDREN TO ENSURE NOTHING IS EATEN AND WASH YOUR HANDS WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED.
If you have a go at this activity with your little ones then do share over on Instagram using #NatureMakesMondays.