Easy Art Projects for Kids

Leaf Rubbings

Leaf rubbings are easy art projects for even the youngest of aspiring artists. To kids, it seems like all they're doing is moving a crayon back and forth. Then almost like magic, an object appears.

What You'll Need:

  • Drawing paper
  • Leaves
  • Crayons or colored pencils

How to Make Leaf Rubbings:

Step 1: Place a piece of paper over some leaves. Rub a crayon back and forth over the paper to show the texture of the leaves.

Step 2: Use this technique to experiment with other textures. Use paper and crayons to rub over textured surfaces around the house such as wood floors, tile, or bulletin boards.

Greeting cards with raised designs also make great rubbings. Mix and match textures on one piece of paper to create a textural collage.

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