Toddler activities: Leaf rubbing

Toddler activities: Leaf rubbing

At the height of the fall color explosion, it's impossible not to spend time outdoors admiring the show. But what do you do with all those leaves that end up crumbling into your carpets?

Here's a creative project that preserves fall memories for the winter doldrums ahead.

What to do
Tell your child that the two of you are going on a collecting walk, and that you'll be bringing home all the special things you find to use in an artproject.

  • Give your child a basket small enough to carry himself, and bring along a second one for yourself.
  • Collect the prettiest fall leaves you can find, choosing a variety of shapes and textures. You can also gather pine needles and sprays of small berries, as long as they're not too squishy.
  • When you get home, place a leaf on a sheet of white drawing paper. Fold the paper over it so the leaf is between two layers of paper. Show your child how to rub the top sheet of paper gently with a crayon so the imprint of the leaf begins to show through. You can make the rubbings into greeting cards or frame them for your walls.

What you'll need

  • Leaves
  • Paper
  • Crayons

Learning and growing
Since your child collects his own leaves for this project, he gets a sense of planning and carrying out an activity from start to finish. What your childwill love most about this activity is way the leaf images appear, as if by magic.

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perfect for us

BBGG 1/31/2016

going to try for my baby i love this page help me a lot cuz im first time mom, is good and fun idea for the my family and u don't need to spend any money

I REMEMBER THIS

shelby 11/30/2015

I remember doing this at the cemetery in like 4th grade. and what a great idea for making Christmas cards. I love it. I'm sure GamGam will love it too!!

love this article

Shashank 10/30/2015

Have to try for my kids i am learnign a lot through this articles very helpful and informative pamper products articles appreaciable

Awesome activity

9/28/2015

This will be great for my son!

great project

9/23/2015

great project whole family can do

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