Leaf rubbing is a easy and fun craft to do at home with children as the season begins to change.
- Wax paper
- Parchment paper
- Tracing paper
- Aluminum foil
- Oil pastel sticks
- Coloured pencils
- A few large size leaves
- (note: not all of these items are required, the goal is just to have a variety of textures by having a variety of paper materials and colouring utensils)
- The instructions are really quite simple:
- Place a leaf under one of your paper items (ex. Wax paper) and hold it against a flat surface or keep it in place with a clipboard.
- Rub a colouring utensil of your choice (ex. Oil pastel) over the surface of the paper with the leaf under it so that the imprint of the leaves veins shows through in colour on your paper
- Mix and match paper materials, and colouring utensils to see the different ways that the leaf prints come out!
- Mix colours to make a multicolour leaf
Note: This activity is also a good intro into a more scientific discussion of leaves, you can ask such questions as: why is a leaf green, why does it change colour, and what the vein systems of the leaf functions to do.