It’s almost Fall! We just love this time of year as the weather starts cooling and the leaves begin to change. Making leaf rubbings is a favorite activity around here and something I really enjoyed as a child too. This time we decided to add a little twist and add watercolor to the leaf rubbings as well. This is a great way to explore leaf structure, especially the veins of the leaves.
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This week we read Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. This is such a great book to read before going on a leaf-collecting adventure and goes great with leaf themes. Leaves is the theme this week with the Virtual Book Club For Kids. Don’t forget to check out all of the great leaf-themed activities for this week!
Getting the Leaf Rubbing and Watercolor Activity Ready:
Before doing your leaf rubbings, you’ll need some leaves! We love collecting colorful leaves, but the leaves have not started to change too much around here yet. We focused on the structure of the leaves instead. Try to collect leaves that are sturdy bigger veins. We found oak, maple, and sycamore leaves worked really well for us.
For the watercolor paint, very watery watercolor works best in order to be able to see through to the crayon rubbings.
- crayons (we used fall colors, as well as white)
- watercolor paint and a paintbrush
- optional: tape (use to hold the leaf in place)
How To Do The Leaf Rubbings and Watercolor Activity:
First place a leaf face-down on the table with the veins facing up. You can use tape to hold it into the table so it doesn’t slide around while making rubbings. I helped my son hold down the leaf and paper while he made his leaf rubbing.
Place a piece of paper over the leaf and begin making a leaf rubbing. Holding the crayon and rubbing it sideways works best.
After the leaf rubbing is complete, it’s time to watercolor!
Using watery watercolor paint, paint over the leaf to color it in. After it dries, your leaf is complete!
Experiment using different leaves, and crayon and paint colors. Here’s an oak leaf rubbed with red crayon and painted with yellow watercolor:
Using White Crayon For A Fun Surprise:
This time we wanted to test what a white crayon rubbing would look like with watercolor.
To to this, make a leaf rubbing as shown above, but use a white crayon. I did the white crayon rubbing part for my child because it is a bit difficult to see, plus I wanted it to be a surprise.
After you make the leaf rubbing, it’s time for your child to paint over it with watercolor. Be sure to use watery watercolor because the leaf will show up much more clearly.
While the leaf veins and shape don’t show up as well using white crayon, it’s super fun to reveal a leaf!
Have fun experimenting with different leaves, and crayon and paint colors to see which works best!
Pin this Leaf Rubbing and Water Color Process Art Activity for later:
More Leaf Activities From the Virtual Book Club For Kids:
Spell Your Name With Leaves – Clare’s Little Tots
Leaf Measurement and Sorting Activity – Inspiration Laboratories
Fall Sensory Bin-The Moments at Home
Autumn Leaves Crayon Rubbing – Mama Smiles
Foil Leaf Preschool Art – Preschool Powol Packets
Cinnamon Spiced Autumn Leaf Cookies – Rainy Day mum
Handprint Fall Leaf craft- Messy Little Monster
Nature Color Hunt – My Bored Toddler
Leaf Rubbings With Water Color Resist – To Be A Kid Again
Leaf Printing – CrArty Kids
Fall Color Leaf Viewer -JDaniel4’s Mom
Pre-Writing Activity Leaf Theme – The OT Toolbox
Collaborate Leaf Tree with Cutting Practice from My Storytime Corner
Fall Leaf Movement Activity with Sidewalk Chalk – The Educators’ Spin On It
Fall Leaf Color Stomp- Toddler Approved