Be Active - Autumn Shapes

Step 5: Looking at textures

  • Once the leaves have all gone it’s much easier to see the shape and texture of the bark on the tree trunks. Take rubbings of the different barks with our 'Taking Rubbings' activity - or sketch or photograph the bark


Oak bark:

Oak bark is very ridged.


Oak bark


Horse Chestnut bark:

Horse Chestnut bark is patchy.


Horse Chestnut bark



Sycamore bark:

Sycamore bark can be quite flat when the tree is young.  It will develop ridges and cracks as the tree gets older, and in some cases will flake off.


Sycamore Bark






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