Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Trees…part 2

One of the most marvelous things about spending my days with little ones is seeing things through their eyes. Somehow in the process of becoming “grown ups” we lose the wonder and amazement at all that surrounds us that children possess. Tree bark for example is not something that raises eyebrows and captures the attention of most adults….but to children, my children, it sure did!

Did you know that tree bark varies in depth from 1 cm to 30 cm or 12 inches? Pretty amazing, huh!. We’re excited to return to this park and check out a tree there that has incredible bark and see just how thick it is!

Oh, if we could only remember to look at all that surrounds us through the eyes of a child. May 246

For the second part of our tree exploration we made bark rubbings from each of the trees that we collected leaves from. Rubbings are very simple…you hold a paper against the surface of the tree…or anything else for that matter…and rub a paperless crayon on the paper to reveal the surface underneath.

These rubbings will be added to our “field guide” to the trees in our yard. We are very excited!

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