Autumn brings so many changes and fun things to explore outside with your preschooler. This leaf rub activity is a great way to let your child find and examine leaves up close then create a unique piece of art with their findings. Using crayons and paint, your child will create an easy leaf rub picture. This is a great opportunity to discuss color mixing, the parts of a leaf, or just have fun creating colorful, one-of-a-kind pieces of art by bringing nature indoors!
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Creating the Leaf Painting
Step 1 Collect leaves to use for your leaf rub painting. You can choose any type of leaf but those with defined veins and stems will work best.
Step 2 Place the white paper on top of the leaf with the veins facing up.
Step 3 Color over the leaf using a crayon. Using a white crayon will allow for a fun, magic reveal when painted. Using a colored crayon will create a cool, mixed-color effect.
Step 4 Paint over the colored leaf with the watercolor paint to reveal a unique, leaf rub painting!
What skills will your child learn?
Allow your child to mix different colors when coloring and painting. You can use this opportunity to talk about color mixing and how combining two colors can create a new color.
Coloring and painting are two activities that help strengthen fine motor muscles in your child’s fingers, hand and wrist.
Want to extend the learning for your preschooler?
There are many ways to extend your child’s learning with this leaf rub resistance painting. Here are a few ideas:
1 Collect many leaves of all shapes, colors, and sizes. Ask your child to sort the leaves based on different characteristics.
2 Use the leaves to create patterns on the white paper. You can help your child create simple patterns such as AB, or more difficult patterns like AAB, ABB, or ABC.
3 Use this fun activity to create cards to send to family and friends. Just recreate this activity on one half of the white paper and fold it in half to create a card.
We absolutely LOVE seeing your preschoolers learning through play! Please take photos and videos of your child's finished product or them making their wrapping paper and share them with us on Facebook and Instagram!
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