Autumn Leaf Rubbings

Kids love leaf rubbings with oil pastels.


  • White Paper
  • Colored Paper
  • Leaves (green and flexible work best)
  • Oil Pastels or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue Sticks
  • Real leaves or Fabric Leaves (optional)

Begin with white paper, leaves, and oil pastels or crayons.

Place leaves under the sheets of white paper with the veins (texture) facing up. Rub over the leaves with the long side of the pastel. It’s important to lay the oil pastel flat on it’s side. I like to say the pastel is “ready for a nap so it needs to lay down”.

Pinching the pastel on it’s side is a great motor skill workout. If it’s too tricky you can hold the pastel or crayon tall like a tree.
We encourage each artist to follow their heart and whims and add whatever additions come to mind.

Cut out leaf rubbings and hand drawn designs. You can cut up the fresh leaves as well!

Glue shapes onto a colored backing with a glue stick or squeeze glue.
Add fabric leaves or real leaves for texture.


The open-ended nature of this project offers so much freedom. Each piece will be fabulous and different.


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