Leaf Rubbing

Leaf Rubbing Activity

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What child wouldn’t want their own garden inside their house? Creating texture rubbings of outdoor objects will allow them to do just that! Take a handful of crayons outside and look at all the textures that surround where you live. You can discuss objects that are hard, soft, rough, bumpy and smooth. Kids also learn how to alter the pressure of their crayons to get different types of rubbings. If they press hard, it will create a strong image, and softer strokes create a soft, blurry image. Make rubbings on as many squares as you can and watch your rubbing garden grow!

What You Need:

  • Pre-cut 3”x3” squares of white drawing paper
  • Scissors
  • Crayons in all colors
  • Glue Stick
  • Black Vellum Paper
  • Printable leaf rubbing frames (optional)

What You Do:

  1. 1.Bring your child outdoors on a sunny day and explain to her how to make a rubbing. Give a demonstration of how to place a paper square on top of an object and alter the pressure of the crayon in order to create an impression on the paper.
  2. 2.Help her search out objects that may need to be cut to use for a rubbing, such as leaves or flowers, and place them on a smooth ground surface to be rubbed.
  3. 3.Encourage her to make rubbings of a variety of textures including wood, rocks, concrete, leaves, pinecones, grass, straw and anything else that is visible. Discourage making rubbings of living critters; they may not appreciate the pressure it takes to create a rubbing of their body!
  4. 4.Use a glue stick to paste down the squares neatly in rows onto a black piece of paper. Allow to dry.
Ellen Dean has worked as an art educator in Thailand since 2005, working with both children and adults. She has also been a professional artist working in painting, sculpture and photography since 1996.

Updated on Oct 12, 2012
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