Try this at home

Autumn leaf rubbing

You will need:

  • White Paper
  • Coloured crayons (remove the paper around the crayon)
  • A collection of autumn leaves from your local park or garden

What to do

  1. Lay the leaves flat on a table, making sure the veiny side is up.
  2. Place a sheet of paper on top of the leaf.
  3. Lay the crayon flat on the paper and colour over the top of the leaf to make a ‘rubbing’.

What’s happening?

When you use a crayon to rub over the top of the leaves, you get an imprint of the leaf. You can see all the veins in the leaf.

Discover more

  • Use as many different leaves as you can to make a big autumn picture.
  • Look at the veins on the leaves. The veins carry water to the very tips of the leaves.
  • Look at the veins on your wrist; they are just like the veins on the leaves. Your veins carry blood from every part of your body to your heart.

Did you know?

Little creatures like worms, millipedes and snails are called compositors. They eat the fallen autumn leaves and compost them.
Some trees don’t change their leaves these are called evergreen trees. Trees that do change their leaves are called deciduous.