Make Leaf Rubbing Animals

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Preschool Seasons Activities: Make Leaf Rubbing Animals

What You Need:

  • Fall leaves, found outside, in different shapes and sizes
  • Lightweight white paper (printer paper is fine)
  • Crayons
  • One sheet of cardboard about the same size as your paper (try reusing the front of a cereal or cracker box)
  • Scissors
  • Clear-drying, non-toxic glue
  • Fall Leaves PaperWorksheet (optional)


What You Do:

  1. Ask your child to choose an animal, then help her choose leaves to form the animal's body. Trim leaves to size with scissors if necessary.
  2. Have her arrange the leaves on the cardboard in the shape of her animal.
  3. Gently lift each leaf and glue it to the cardboard. Set it aside to dry.
  4. Have your child pick a crayon from the box, then remove the paper wrapping. Place the white paper over the leaf animal and help her rub the crayon over the paper sideways (like a rolling pin).
  5. Watch as your leaf animal appears! Once the leaf is fully transferred, have your child add finishing details to her animal such as eyes, ears, and mouth.

Optional: Try making a rubbing in the shape of other animals, such as a turkey for a sweet homemade Thanksgiving decoration.

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