What you need:
Blank paper or a leaf rubbing book (see my printable below)
For the leaf rubbing book: brad, yarn, washi tape
Crayon (ideally a triangular or flat-edge crayon)
Empty toilet paper roll
This is a lesson and craft you can do while camping, or at home if you want to get your kids exploring outdoors. I started with this simple lesson on parts of a tree for the little ones who still needed to learn basic tree anatomy (our Little Stars 3-5 year olds are learning tree anatomy and plant lifecycles this year, but the older clubs already had this foundation). All the kids at the campout participated in the main craft, which was inspired by this craft from No Time for Flash Cards. I was looking for something different they could do with their leaf rubbings aside from the usual placemat.
The kiddos took their leaf rubbing booklets with them during our hikes and nature explorations during the weekend.
At the end of the weekend, the kids cut out each of their leaves. We found that having 10 leaves worked out pretty well for the craft.
Using recycled empty toilet paper rolls, we taped 8-10 small pieces of brown yarn inside one of the ends of the toilet paper roll (as the tree’s roots).
The final step was for the kids to tape each of their cut rubbed leaves onto the outside of the roll (the tree’s trunk).
This was a super easy craft with a simple but effective lesson on tree anatomy. It also added a great bit of interactivity with nature throughout the weekend as the kids looked for different types of leaves. I hope you have fun with this with your kids as well, whether you are camping or doing this at home!