Over the last few weeks Ben and Chloe have been collecting leaves somewhat obsessively – they pick them up everywhere we go – on the way to school, on the way home, through the park. I’m not sure what the appeal is to be honest but dry or soggy alike they all get picked up, carried home and left outside the front door.
Leaf rubbing is listed on our Autumn Bucket List so has been on my mind for a good few weeks now. I know it’s something Ben did last year and we had talked about it a bit while collecting the leaves. As the weather has been a bit erm … damp of late, the leaves we have collected haven’t really been fit for rubbing. With this in mind I decided to buy a leaf pack from Rainbow Creations thinking it would be easier – especially as it would mean we could do the activity whenever we wanted without too much planning.
I started to prepare by getting out all the autumny coloured crayons – reds, greens, yellows, browns etc. No blue leaves here thank you! I then put out a selection of the leaves – the come in lots of different shapes and sizes, they are nice and sturdy with obvious ridges so I had expected they’d be great for rubbing.
In actually fact both children found it quite tricky. Chlo tried hard to rub her crayon but didn’t have the motor skills and end up using it to draw in the usual fashion. Ben got quite frustrated when his leaf moved around and he didn’t really press hard enough – his lack of success on this occasion meant he gave up quite quickly. I got a couple of good rubbings bu myself but I think we’ll try again with real leaves next time.
If you want to know more about our Autumn Bucket list check out the original post here: Autumn Bucket List