How does one type of art compare to another? Using crayons and paint, students create side-by-side impressions of one of nature’s prettiest works of art: fall leaves.

What You Need:

  • White construction paper (one piece per student)
  • Markers in fall colors (reds, yellows, oranges, etc.)
  • Crayons in fall colors (reds, yellows, oranges, etc.)
  • Paint in fall colors (reds, yellows, oranges, etc.)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glue


What You Do:

  1. Take your students outside on a nature walk to collect leaves of various shapes, colors, and sizes.
  2. Have the children fold a piece of white construction paper in half and then write across the top: “Rubbing vs. Printing.”
  3. On the “rubbing” side, have the children place a leaf under the paper, then rub a crayon over the paper (and the leaf below it) to create an impression of the leaf.
  4. On the “printing” side, using the same leaf, your students can now create a print. First, they paint one side of the leaf with fall colors, press the painted side of the leaf gently onto the paper, and then lift the leaf slowly.
  5. Have your students leave space down the center of the page as they continue the rubbings and printings until the paper is full.
  6. Have the students glue their leaves down the center of the page.