Plants & Kids
Mary Jane Frogge, Nebraska Extension Associate
Leaf Rubbing
Supplies needed for a child to do a leaf rubbing.


  • Different sizes and shapes of tree leaves (maple, oak, hackberry, mulberry, ginkgo)
  • colored paper
  • crayons


1. Put a leaf upside down on the table.

2. Place a piece of paper over the leaf.

3. While holding the paper and leaf in place, use the side of a crayon to rub across the leaf.

4. Make sure that you color over the entire leaf. Rubbing firmly all over the leaf will show the veins and the outline of the leaf

5. A dark crayon will produce a clearer print of the leaf.

6. Do another leaf with different color crayon.

Be creative!

Gardening activity for children, kids and youth. 

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