J-Bug has been enjoying all the leaf activities we've been doing for his kindergarten leaf study, and these leaf rubbings were a family favorite.
Kindergarten Leaf Unit Study
Our leaf activities are a part of My Father's World Kindergarten. So far we have painted with leaves, made a playdough learning tray with leaves and rocks, did a science experiment to see how a leaf gets water, and made our favorite recipe for kale chips. As always, the science and art related activities are at the top of J-Bug's list.
The first thing we did was go outside to collect leaves. J-Bug chose leaves from different trees and bushes, selecting leaves of varying shapes and sizes.
How to Make Leaf Rubbings with Crayons and Watercolors
Directions: After collecting leaves we brought them inside and made rubbings using crayons. To make leaf rubbings put the leaf under a piece of paper and hold it in place securely then rub a crayon over the leaf. We experimented with all sorts of leaves, but the best ones are those with thick veins. Dried leaves will not work since they will fall apart when crunched.
All of the boys enjoyed making leaf rubbings, and I even made a few. Sometimes I wonder if I secretly set up these art activities just so I can join in the fun.
After all of our leaf rubbings were done I pulled out the watercolors. J-Bug used a pipette to add water to the colors. We prefer this method of painting with watercolors since getting enough water in the paint using the paint brush can be a bit frustrating for young children.
We painted right over our leaf rubbings. I encouraged the boys to try a variety of color combos. They used the same color in different shapes, complimentary colors, contrasting colors, and colors that mix to form new colors. Of course the crayon marks didn't mix with the watercolors, so the crayon prints showed through the watercolor paint.
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