While we are always wracking our brains for clever and creative crafts to make our kids productive, the best ideas, are, of course, the ones that are right under our noses. One day after school, my daughter and I went for a walk in the park and instinctively started collecting leaves. This reminded me of a childhood activity that never gets old, so when we got home, I showed her how to make leaf rubbings (I had all but forgotten about this activity). It kept her delightfully busy for an hour!
Here is a simple method for making leaf rubbings, like most of the kids’ DIY projects on our blog, it is easy, straightforward, and memorable!
Leaves (of any shape and size)
Paper (thin or lightweight)
Crayons or oil pastels
1.Gather various leaves of different shapes and sizes. They can be dewy-fresh or dried.
2. Place the leaf on a hard surface with the bottom/vein side facing upward
3. Position a sheet of thin or lightweight paper over the leaf
4. Color the designated area over the leaf with a crayon or oil pastel. The area will automatically take the shape of the leaf as you color.
5. Remove the leaf from beneath the paper and you have a beautifully painted leaf. Explore other leaf rubbings using different colors so you can have a collection.
6. Then overlap the leaf rubbings to create a piece of art.
For more of Amy’s ideas check out her blog Eclectic Mom.
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