Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Since The Boy started school over a month ago- and lets face it all summer long- our crafting and art making has really taken a back seat. Fun, swimming and adventures replaced our quiet creative time and all of us really missed it. Yesterday during our walk home from school a large amount of wonderful leaves were collected- it was unanimously decided we would do some leaf rubbings.
Leaf rubbings are one of my most favourite fall art projects- so easy and with minimal supplies needed. Regular cartridge or bond (computer) paper- nothing too heavy and crayons or oil pastels- we used pastels. If using oil pastels with small kids please remember- these are not crayons and they will not wash out of clothing readily. We also like to tape down our papers so it doesn't slide around- masking tape peels off easily when the project is complete. Don't forget leaves- fresh ones work best.
The steps are simple- arrange leaves under the paper- this is when we tape the paper down in a few spots to prevent it from slipping around. Select a pastel or crayon and using the side- this is key- rub the pastel back and forth over the page applying light pressure. Magically the leaf shapes will begin to appear- instant art which is exactly what the Littles love. Have fun experimenting with laying down different colours over one another.
We are going to make a concerted effort to get art and making back into our daily routines- although the Littles both get a fair amount of crafting at school- making art is a great way to unwind after a long day. I think The Boy in particular is being given so many rules to follow- in kindergarten- that it's a good balance to be able to come home and work on an art project for the joy of it- no rules- just expression and fun!
Ps- as we get into the rainy season in Vancouver come back often to check out more new crafting and art projects- especially going forward into the Holidays! I promise we will stop the gallivanting and get back to the crafting- really we will!