Leaf rubbing is always a popular activity for kids, and now you can turn a classic activity into a leaf art project! A great way for preschoolers and elementary kids to make colorful art from nature. Find out how to make leaf rubbings with our easy instructions.  All you need is aluminum foil, colorful markers, and a handful of real leaves to get started!

HOW TO DO LEAF RUBBINGS

TEXTURE RUBBINGS

Texture rubbings are made by carefully pressing paper onto a textured surface so that the paper forms to the pattern of the item underneath. They are considered one of the oldest form of printmaking.

Rubbings date back to 2nd century China where they were used to transfer Confucian texts from large stone carvings. In the United States, they were often used to transfer information from grave stones onto paper.

Make your own texture rubbings with our leaf rubbing craft below. Instead of the traditional paper, here we use aluminum foil as a fun alternative.

Also check out our leaf rubbings with crayon resist art!

WHY DO ART WITH KIDS?

Children are naturally curious. They observe, explore, and imitate, trying to figure out how things work and how to control themselves and their environments. This freedom of exploration helps children form connections in their brain, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun!

Art is a natural activity to support this essential interaction with the world. Kids need the freedom to explore and experiment creatively.

Art allows children to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life but also for learning. These include the aesthetic, scientific, interpersonal, and practical interactions that can be discovered through the senses, intellect, and emotions.

Making and appreciating art involves emotional and mental faculties!

Art, whether making it, learning about it, or simply looking at it – offers a wide range of important experiences.
In other words, it’s good for them!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE LEAF RUBBINGS ART PROJECT!

LEAF RUBBING ACTIVITY

SUPPLIES:

  • Various leaves
  • Glue
  • Card stock
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Cotton swab

INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Collect several leaves of various shapes and sizes.

Leaf rubbing supplies

STEP 2: Glue them to your card stock.

covering leaf with glue
sticking leaves to paper

STEP 3: Wrap the card stock and leaves in a sheet of aluminum foil, shiny side down. Tape in the back.

wrapping paper with leaves in aluminum foil

STEP 4: Rub the cotton swab on top of the foil, over the leaves. Rub gently but firmly until you see the
leaf designs begin to appear.

using cotton swap to rub the leaves through the aluminum foil

STEP 5: Once you have revealed all of the leaf designs, you can use markers to add color to your leaves. Gently rub the markers over the patterns.

use marker to color the rubbed area

MORE FUN LEAF ART

MAKE LEAF RUBBINGS FOR FALL ART

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