Leaf Rubbings

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When was the last time you took a really close look at a leaf? In this activity, learners will use leaves and simple materials to make colorful leaf rubbings. Leaners will explore how each leaf can be unique and investigate its different components. This activity uses low cost materials and be done at home. Activity includes step-by-step instructions, extensions, and a what's happening section on the basic science of leaves.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

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Materials List (per group of students)

  • Paper
  • Crayons (wrapper taken off)
  • Leaves


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


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  • Free access



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