Arts & Crafts

Tree Bark Impressions

Tree Bark Impressions
Photo by: masamom

arjun Submitted by: arjun

Children make realistic impressions of bark.

50 minutes
36 - 60 months
Group size
0 - 8 tots


  • Sand
  • Powdered Paint (Cocoa powder will also work.)
  • Empty salt container
  • Paintbrush
  • Rubber cement or thick paste
  • Outlines of tree bark
  • Scissors (Adult Use Only)


  1. Mix the sand and paint powder in the salt container.
  2. Poke small holes in the lid of the container.
  3. Give the child a tree bark outline.
  4. Use the paintbrush to spread paste on the outline. This will create texture.
  5. Have the child sprinkle sand from the container onto the page. It will stick to the paste.
  6. Blow off excess sand.
  7. Let dry at least 30 minutes.
  8. Once dry, ask child to feel the bark impression and describe the texture. Introduce the concept of rough.
Associated Activity
This activity will work with any outlines such as houses, patterns, animals, and holiday shapes.

Developmental skills