Make bark and leaf rubbings to learn more about the nature of the plants growing around us and the wondrous patterns which define them.
- TIP: Make rubbings of several leaves from a single plant for in-depth study.
- Step 1: Paste your rubbings onto pieces of cardboard for easy handling and preservation.
- Step 2: Bring your mounted rubbings out in nature to identify trees and plants by matching your crayon images to flora. Consider yourself a budding naturalist now that you can recognize tree and plant species.
- FACT: A single tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
- Step 3: Collect a variety of leaves before departing from the habitat to create rubbings from them later.
- Step 4: Select one or more leaves to place on the clipboard, cover them with a sheet of paper, and then rub across the paper with a peeled crayon to pick up leaf shapes and veins.
- TIP: Use a tree field guide to classify trees and leaves.
- Step 5: Tape a sheet of paper to the trunk of a tree you wish to study.
- Step 6: Peel the paper cover from a crayon and rub the side of the crayon across the paper, picking up the bark pattern. Remove the paper from the tree and repeat the process on a different tree species.
- TIP: Make rubbings of at least two tree species to compare bark characteristics.
- Step 7: Take your paper, tape, crayons, and a clipboard to the habitat site you wish to investigate.