This week at Studio Sprout we tried our hands at leaf rubbings with oil pastels. We paired this project with sensory boxes which also followed our Autumn themed curriculm. The younger kiddos really enjoy investigating the boxes, and it warms them up for projects that require more dexterity. You can see our autumn sensory boxes here.

  • White Paper
  • Colored Paper
  • Leaves (green and flexible work best)
  • Oil Pastels
  • Scissors
  • Glue Sticks
  • Fabric Leaves

For this project we began with white paper, leaves, and pastels.
We placed the leaves under our sheets of white paper and used the long side of the pastel to create the rubbing. It’s important to lay the oil pastel flat on it’s side.
Some of the younger ones had trouble pinching the pastel on it’s side so we encouraged each artist to follow their heart and whims.
After filling our white sheets with leaf rubbings or other pastel art, we took to cutting the sheets. We cut out our leaf rubbings and/or other shapes. We even offered up the fresh leaves for cutting.
We glued the shapes onto the colored sheets. We also added fabric leaves to our piece for texture.
Many of the students glued their real leaves to the piece or returned to the pastels and drew on the colored paper as well as the fabric leaves.
The open-ended nature of this project offered so much freedom each piece was fabulous and different.