Put a fun twist on leaf rubbings, and sneak in an easy little science activity, when you add a leaf matching game!
I cannot believe we’ve never done leaf rubbings in the past! These were so cool to watch come to life.
Of course, I added a little learning twist to this, too.
I turned plain ol’ leaf rubbings (which really aren’t so plain, if you’ve never done it, what are you waiting for? Totally cool) into a matching game for the kids.
To prep the activity, I started off wandering through our yard with Louis while the older two were busy playing.
I searched for unique leaves on the plants that I had in the yard. More than just a regular leaf. Leaves that could be easily identified as different from the others.
I made sure to get two of each of every kind of leaf I had.
Prep the Leaf Rubbings Papers
Then, I taped one set of the leaves onto pieces of paper. Far enough apart that they didn’t overlap and they had plenty of room.
Don’t add too much tape, I found that the tape edge rubbed through as well.
Before the boys joined me in the room, I turned the paper over and taped it to the table.
They had no idea what was underneath them! A total surprise!
With a crayon, the leaves came to life on the blank paper.
I previously unwrapped a few broken crayons we had lying around. Henry and George rubbed the paper using the side of the crayons. Coloring it in and magically drawing leaves of all different sorts!
Here’s 35 other ideas for crayons too.
Play a Matching Game with Leaf Rubbings
And then it was time to guess.
I had the second set of leaves waiting for the boys to match up to their leaf rubbings.
Ask your child:
What did it look like?
What shape was the leaf? Is it long or more round?
What are the edges like? Are they smooth or jagged?
What do the lines of the leaf (the veins) look like?
Some leaves were obvious and the boys found their match in a second.
Others were very close. They couldn’t be determined until the other leaves had been matched, just to be sure.