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Leaves Observation and Bark Rubbings

Leaf Observation and Bark Rubbing

Leaf Observation and Bark Rubbing

After a very long time absence from nature walk activities, we finally could make some observation in the city plantation park this week end and in the church garden two weeks ago. It was very lucky that the park had already been dry from the rain, so we didn’t meet any puddle on the ground. All of the pictures bellow were taken by Ken and Tom. I just arranged them into scrapbook pages using Picture Collage Maker 3 .

Leave Observation

Ken and Tom had some photo sessions to observe and classify the leaves.
Ken and Tom had some photo sessions to observe and classify the leaves.

We had leave observation in the church garden two weeks ago. We observed and clarify the leaves based on their shapes, arrangement, venation, and margin. We took pictures of some different kinds of leaves and clarify them based on the theory taken from Exploring Creation With Botany — Young Explorer Series (Young Explorer (Apologia Educational Ministries)). It is the time for kids to apply what they have got from the photography mini lessons. They enjoyed their time a lot. We put our observation into our unfinished lap booking. Here are some they did during the observation:

Leaves are classified by the venation or lines on it. There are three kinds of venation: parallel, pinnate, and palmate. The last picture is not successfully shot as it had back light and the distance was quite far from us.
Leaves are classified by the venation or lines on it. There are three kinds of venation: parallel, pinnate, and palmate. The last picture is not successfully shot as it had back light and the distance was quite far from us.
There are plenty of leaf margins groups of leaves, but we only get 4 of them.
There are plenty of leaf margins groups of leaves, but we only get 4 of them.
Here are some leaf shapes that we got: lanceolate, oblanceolate, and lobed. one of the pictures is blurred.
Here are some leaf shapes that we got: lanceolate, oblanceolate, and lobed. one of the pictures is blurred.
There are three kinds of leaf arrangements that we got here: alternate, opposite, and whorled.
There are three kinds of leaf arrangements that we got here: alternate, opposite, and whorled.

Bark Rubbings

This activity was done in the city plantation park yesterday. The aim of this activity is to show that each tree as unique pattern of bark. It might be similar with the human finger print. Nothing is really the same. We took the idea from Exploring Creation With Botany — Young Explorer Series (Young Explorer (Apologia Educational Ministries)), page 134.

To show different kinds of bark patterns, kids did a bark rubbing activity.
To show different kinds of bark patterns, kids did a bark rubbing activity.

Materials: A piece of paper and uncovered crayon

Procedure:

  • Lay the paper across a tree trunk.
  • Using sideways uncovered crayon, rub the paper so that we can see the texture of the bark printed on the paper.
  • The result can be documented as a notebooking page
These are some bark patterns that we got from the bark rubbing activity.
These are some bark patterns that we got from the bark rubbing activity.

Besides those activities, we also discus some differences between monocots and dicots. We also has some examples of angiosperms and gymnosperms.

By doing these activities, we have some reflection on:

  • how wonderful God has created the world with all the creatures. God give details on plants in each part of them, including leaves and bark patterns.
  • The plants give protection to many different kinds of insects. As we took pictures and did the bark rubbing, we found some insects living in the plants.
  • All of the leaves are beautiful and unique in its shapes and arrangement.

For some creative ideas of nature walk activities, you might visit my review that has some great hits here:

Creative Nature Walks- More than 100 Get Out and Go Ideas for Your Family

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3 thoughts on “Leaves Observation and Bark Rubbings

  1. Amy says:

    Great pictures! The piles of snow are just starting to melt around here, so I am very excited to start getting outside and doing this type of thing! Thanks for such a cheery post today =)

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