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    By Julianne

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    There are two really lovely ways of using leaves to make pictures. The first way is to lay a piece of paper over a leaf and rub over it with the side of a crayon. The veins of the leaves show through if you're careful. You can choose only a few colors, including gold and copper, and have the kids rub leaf after leaf, layered on the same piece of art paper. The colors look best if they're rubbed pretty dark. It helps to have one child hold the paper down while their partner rubs. You can try this activity on black or silver paper, too.

    The other leaf activity is to set a leaf on a piece of newspaper and paint it. Now flip it over and press it onto art paper. You can cover it with a piece of scratch paper as you rub it. When you remove the leaf it will leave a beautiful paint print. Once again, layer different prints on the same paper and use gold, copper or silver paint. It's fun to have kids paint one leaf several colors before printing it.

    With either of these projects you can finish up your display cases by sprinkling the bottom of the case with real, dried leaves, or with silk leaves from the craft store.

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