Bark rubbing

Enjoy taking the children out in the garden or to your local park, and explore different textures from the things around you - bark is a great example.

You will need:

  • Paper (not too thick as it will not take on the pattern)
  • Wax crayons
  • Paint for finger printing


  1. Encourage the children to explore the texture of trees in a chosen area, looking at the bark and talk about how it feels, using new words to encourage their literacy skills.
  2. Taking the paper, encourage the children to hold this to the bark whilst the crayon is rubbed over the paper to make a pattern. 
  3. Encourage the children to hold the paper themselves with one hand whilst rubbing the crayon over the bark with the other.
  4. Using the paints, allow the children to explore the world of mini-beasts either with the use of reference books or the laptop and encourage finger printing onto their bark rubbings to make their own mini-beast woodland.

Areas of Learning and Development (EYFS)

This activity support the following areas of learning and development. For more details, see our factsheet on the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Communication and language Communication and language:
Listening and attention
Physical development

Physical development:
oving and handling

Personal, social, and emotional development  Personal, social and emotional development:

Making relationships

Expressive art and design Expressive arts and design:
Exploring and using media and materials
Being imaginative