Leaf rubbing is such an easy and also creative way to keep memories of the beautiful fall leaves without having to keep a bunch of dry and crackling leaves in your house! There are a lot of great fine motor skills being practiced too with this activity!
What You Need for Leaf Rubbing Activity
- Various Leaves (I picked ones up off the ground, not off of trees)
- Large, heavy book
- Plain, white paper
- Colored Pencils
- Scrapbook Paper or Construction Paper
- Tape or Glue Dots
- Glue (Optional)
- Gather your fall leaves and get a large heavy book (I used a Strong’s Concordance)
- Place all the leaves into the book, leaving a few pages between each leaf
- Close the book and either place it back into a bookcase or set another heavy object on top of it so that the leaves will be flat – let them flatten overnight.
- The next day take all your leaves out of your book and place them in a collage on a plain, thin piece of white paper.
- Take another sheet of white paper and place it over the leaves.
- Use colored pencils to color over each leaf, using different colors as desired. (Tip – remember not to press too hard or you won’t see the details of the leaf well).
- Once all the leaves have been colored over, take your paper off of the top and discard the leaves (or you could use them for another activity!)
- Cut out around the leaves so that the paper is small enough to be placed on a colored piece of paper.
- Take pieces of masking tape or glue dots and place them on the back of the fall leaf collage.
- Press the collage onto a piece of construction paper or scrapbook paper and hang for decoration!
Fine Motor Skills Used in Leaf Rubbing Activity
- Bilateral Coordination
- Muscle Grading (ability to press harder or softer through the pencil while coloring)
- Good Pencil Grasp (age appropriate grasps)
- Hand strength and endurance
And the finished result!
See the original artice here: https://www.growinghandsonkids.com/