I love when the leaves turn pretty colors and the world is turned into a fall colored wonderland for a couple of short weeks. I do not, however, like my lawn littered with fallen leaves. There are lots of things you can do with those fallen leaves besides raking them up or composing them. One of our favorite things to make are these Fall Leaf Rubbings.
Fall Leaf Rubbings are simple art projects that can be done with kids who are old enough to hold and use a crayon. They’re fun to do in traditional colors, or even to mix up and do it fun, rainbow colors too. I like to use them to also help teach kids about diferent tree leaves, and about the parts of the leaves as well. Moments like these are when you can teach kids without them feeling like it’s a school lesson.
Paper (white works best)
Go on a treasure hunt outside and find all different sized and shaped fallen leaves. Collect them and then bring them inside to make your gorgeous creations. Get your white piece of paper, and place one leaf underneath it where you want the leaf rubbing to be. Use your hand to hold the leaf in place, and use the crayon in the other hand to make firm sweeping motions over the top of the leaf.
As you rub (try to go in the same direction for the best results) you will see the details of the leaf show through darker that the rest of the crayon markings. We like to do several laves on a single sheet of paper so we can have more than one to look at and study later. This would be a great activity for kids on the weekend, or even for a school project.
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