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How to take a leaf rubbing

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Materials:

Plain paper as for bark rubbing.Wax crayons or black pencils.Sellotape or masking tape.This activity is best carried out in the autumn, when the tree naturally loses its leaves. Removing leaves any other time of the year should be avoided as this could damage the tree. Collect fresh specimens from several different trees and bring them into the classroom or home.Put these onto a flat surface such as a desk or table. Place one piece of plain paper below the leaf you have chosen, and another above and covering it. Using wax crayon, and using the long side of the crayon to get a better impression, begin to rub the paper covering the leaf. Gently work back and forth with the crayon until you see the leaf pattern begin to emerge. Continue until the whole leaf pattern is revealed. You can trace the outline of the leaf with a pencil to show its shape clearer if desired, or use a different coloured crayon to outline the shape. These again can be used to make a class display or put into children’s books.

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