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Watch the Leaves Appear!

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When kids make leaf rubbings, they’re making magic! Even the youngest child can lay paper over a fall leaf, rub the paper with a crayon, and make a delightful image emerge. Wondrous! Repeat!
When kids make leaf rubbings, they’re making magic!
What You’ll Need
  • Paper
  • Crayons, with their paper wrappings removed
  • Fallen leaves
What You'll Do
  1. Lay the leaf, vein side up, on a flat surface.
  2. Cover the leaf with a piece of paper.
  3. Rub the long side of the crayon across the leaf, and watch the leaf image appear.
Try These Variations
  • Rub different types of leaves on the same page.
  • Position the same leaf at different angles to make a repeat pattern, as if designing wallpaper or fabric.
  • Overlap rubbings for a layered effect.
  • Use different colored crayons in the same rubbing.
When Finished
  • Make a book of your leaf rubbings, adding a name label to each leaf.
  • Cut out your rubbings and arrange them in a collage.
  • “Frame” your rubbing by gluing it onto a larger piece of colored construction paper.
Other Options
  • Ready to branch out? Anything with a slightly raised surface and an interesting texture can be rubbed: sandpaper, corrugated cardboard, paper doilies, mesh netting, the raised pattern on the edge of a dinner plate, address numbers on your front door, a cookie-cooling rack.
  • For a spiral effect, make a multitude of overlapping circles using different colored crayons. To start, lay paper atop a cup or jar. Rub paper with a crayon so the edge of the cup appears. Reposition the paper on different-sized cups and jars and repeat until your paper is full of circles.

Which of the following subjects do you most want your child to master?

Parents Talk Back
Which of the following subjects do you most want your child to master?
Math
40% (26 votes)
Science
23% (15 votes)
Technology
3% (2 votes)
Literature
8% (5 votes)
History
6% (4 votes)
Music and the arts
12% (8 votes)
A foreign language
8% (5 votes)
Total votes: 65