Do you know "No Time for Flash Cards" ? It is a great blog! And yesterday (or maybe the day before) I saw a great activity there. And then my friend Holly emailed me about the same activity. It must be a good one if other people are emailing me about it! So for a really great tutorial go here or stick around and see our version!
We have done leaf rubbbing before but the tips that she gave were great and made it go MUCH better this time.
First improvement, taping down the leaves. It's a bad picture but we taped down the stems (vein side UP!) and then on the rolled up a piece of tape to put on the backs of the bigger ones.
This made it so the leaves wouldn't move around, much easier to rub over them.
Then we took another piece of paper and layed that on top and taped it to the table. Let the rubbing begin!
Okay, now the next steps are when it gets crazy! We painted three toilet paper rolls green to be tree trunks. Yes, I know tree trunks are brown but Sam thought we needed a more fun color. While the paint dried we went on about our day.
Sitting in one of our windowsills now and they are adorable.
The Nitty Gritty!
This activity combined my two favorite things; toilet paper tubes and a reason to collect fall leaves. So fun.
It was a bit of a challenge to teach Sam how to hold the crayon and make it work laying on its side. We have some triangle shaped crayola crayons that were much easier for her to use. The rolling it like playdough method that she kept trying to convince me would work just didn't cut it. Eventually she gave up on that idea and watched how I was doing it. The younger the child the more help or instruction they might need on this. With older kids they can do the cutting out of the leaves and help a bit more with the taping. Sam loved collecting the leaves and the rubbing!