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Kids Activity: Tree Faces

Add a little personality to the trees living around you.

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Give your trees some personality! Photo by Reba Luiken.

By Reba Luiken, Arboretum coordinator of informal interpretation

Are trees alive?  That might seem like a silly question, but often I forget to notice and think about all of the plants that are living around me.  They start to blend into the scenery.  Things with eyes and faces are more likely to catch my eye.

Sometimes though, it seems like the trees are watching me too!  A pair of knots on a branch starts to look like eyes and another scar looks like a nose.  I like to imagine the tree’s personality.

This project making tree faces using flour dough and natural materials will help you get creative and add a personality to any neighborhood tree.

Collect some natural materials and mix up some dough to get started on your tree face. Photo by Reba Luiken.

Tree Faces 

Natural Materials:
Collected leaves, flowers, and other plant parts

Flour dough:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup warm water
1.5 Tbsp oil


1. Mix up your flour dough: Add all ingredients to a bowl.  Stir, then mix with your hands until no longer sticky to the touch.

2. Refrigerate dough and go for a nature walk to collect leaves, flowers, and other supplies for your faces. 

3. Take a small ball of dough and flatten it in your hand.  Then, stick it to the side of a tree.

4. Add flowers, leaves, sticks, and other natural objects to create a face or other creature.

5. Leave for the animals to enjoy or compost your project when you’re finished.

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