Leaf Rubbings

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There is nothing more easy and beautiful than a leaf rubbing.  I did this activity with toddlers a couple of weeks ago while at work and again with Phoebe just yesterday.  Phoebe is old enough to understand that veins transport water through the leaf and this activity is a good way to bring the veins to the fore.  I dried them flat for a day before sandwiching them between two pieces pf paper and rubbing a crayon over the top.

Phoebe’s sycamore leaf

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Phoebe is really excited about keeping a journal of her observations while adventuring.  Here she draws a depiction of the sycamore leaf, a tree native to California.  Yesterday she asked to bring materials to draw the koi in the pond, too.  It’s great.  Art is about refining your ability to see deeply into things.  When a child (or an adult for that matter) is asked to draw what they see in their own way, they notice small, beautiful details previously missed.  This is how I feel when I practice macro photography of wildflowers; the camera enables me to exalt the tiniest of features.