Tree Crafts for Kids

Bark Casting

Bark casting is a way to capture an impression of tree bark. A "casting" is something that's set (or "cast") into a mold. In this craft, the mold is made from clay. Bark casing is a great way to record and compare the bark patterns of different trees.

What You'll Need:

  • Modeling clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Self-hardening clay

Step 1: Roll out a piece of modeling clay into a flat sheet.

Step 2: Press the clay onto a tree trunk -- press hard enough for the bark to create an impression in the clay.

Step 3: Carefully peel the clay off the tree, keeping the molded texture intact.

Step 4: To make a permanent cast of the tree bark, roll out a piece of self-hardening clay. Flatten it into a sheet the same size as the modeling clay impression you made.

Step 5: Place it on top of the modeling clay, and gently press it onto the ridges so that it captures all the textures but does not erase them.

Step 6: Gently lift off the clay and let it dry for two or three days. Do this for several types of trees, and compare the different textures.

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