Use leaf rubbings to make these easy and effective autumn crafts for kids.
Leaf rubbings were one of my favorite activities as a child. As a mom and a teacher I have been able to share the fun. These activities use leaf rubbings to make cards, bookmarks and even a thanksgiving turkey!
First collect leaves.
This can be as fun as doing the leaf rubbings. Take a basket or a bag and go on a nature walk in your garden or the local park. Try to collect a good variety of leaves. Discuss the shapes, sizes, textures and smells of the leaves with your child. Collect leaves that are not too dry as they can become brittle and break when you rub over them.
Cover the leaves with a large sheet of paper and rub over paper with crayons. the pattern of the leaves will be revealed on the paper. Young children love to see this and will want to do this again and again. I find these beeswax block crayons work really well with leaf rubbings as they have a larger surface.
This is such a simple, but effective activity. Cut a strip of card about 1.5 X 7 inches (5 X 18 cm). Choose three leaves and glue them along the card. This is an easy gift for your child to make for grandparents or teachers.