Create a tree creature

This creative and messy activity can make for a very fun afternoon in the garden! Use mud and other natural objects to give a tree a face or make a tree creature.



What you will need:

  • Some mud
  • Some fallen natural materials such as sticks, leaves, pinecones or ferns
  • A tree – please be mindful of others when selecting your tree

How to make your tree creature:

  1. Find a suitable tree to decorate and prepare your mud – it will need to be a bit wet so you can mould it and stick it to the tree
  2. Stick your mud to the bark of the tree and mould it into the shape of a face (a person’s or an animal’s!)
  3. Using other natural objects that you have found on the ground, decorate the face to give it more details – sticks can become whiskers, pine cones can become eyes – let your imagination run wild
  4. Stand back and admire your tree creature!

This activity was developed as part of the Let’s Notice Nature initiative of Earn Your Stripes, in partnership with Scottish Badgers.

Share a photo of your creatures using #DiscoverLearnPlay

Time to complete

30 mins

Suitable for age

Suitable location

Resource Level

Curriculum linked

Sciences (Biology; ecology; natural history; trees, planet Earth topic)

Expressive Arts (Art and design)


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