Transform a tree stump into a dry erase surface with just a couple of supplies! Children will love using these special markers to make beautiful and vibrant creations on a tree stump. Have fun drawing pictures, writing letters and words, or playing games like tic-tac-toe!
Here is a fun outdoor activity for kids that you can try during any season. It’s perfect to try when you’re camping or just hanging out in the backyard!
Ready to give it a try!? Here’s what you’ll need..
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Here’s How We Made Them:
Size up your tree stump and cut out a piece of contact paper that’s large enough to cover the entire surface.
Trim down the contact paper. Leave just enough so you can fold it a bit over the tree stump.
Tape the edges of the contact paper to the tree stump. The contact paper isn’t super sticky, so you need to tape it to ensure it won’t shift when you draw on it and erase the marker. We just used regular old Scotch Tape and it worked really well!
I tested out the markers before I invited the boys outside to try the activity. I drew a simple flower design and couldn’t believe how beautiful and vibrant the markers looked against the tree stump!
If you’ve never tried window markers, then I suggest you give them a whirl! They’re really fun to write and color with. They’re easy to erase too. Use a dry paper towel to erase the markings once the marker completely dries on the surface. If the markings are still wet, then dip you paper towel in a little water, wipe the surface, and wipe again with a dry towel.
You might remember these makers from a 10 Ways to Stay Connected to the Outside World Through a Window. My boys love using them on windows, so I was happy that I could think of another way to get even MORE use out of them!
My four year old discovered the tree stumps first and instantly wanted to color in the flowers.
Then he wanted to write his name and draw his own pictures.
He loves erasing the marker from the contact paper! He needed a little help with the hearts, but got the letters off easily.
Then my seven year old came over and he wanted to draw with me.
We took the contact paper off when we were finished and stored it in our garage because it’s supposed to rain for the next couple of days. We will bring it back out for more outdoor activities later this week!
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I hope you give this simple nature activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.
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