Crayon and Mystery Object Rubbing
Crayon rubbings are fun because even children who can't quite hold a crayon can rub one on a paper. The rubbings that show up are a fun surprise. Great for all ages and an inexpensive activity that doesn;t require any special items.
- Crayons with the paper wrapping removed.
- Lightweight paper like newsprint
- Interesting surfaces (leaves, coins, mesh material, flat combs)
- Collect all your materials together: rubbings, paper, crayons.
- Place item under newsprint or lightweight paper. Assist in keeping paper from shifting
- Demonstrate how to hold the crayon. If this is a first time you might want your child to practice using the crayon flat on a practice sheet..
- Let child place next object and replace paper.
Tips and Suggestions
- Save broken crayons...these work great for this activity.
- Light paper like newsprint works best for clearer results.
- Discuss the shapes selected by your child: discuss, color, shape and texture.
- Make it an outdoor theme and collect items like leaves, bark and flowers outside on a walk..
- Make into a card or use as wrapping paper.
- Frame as a gift to a loved one. Small frames in sets of 3 make a nice collage of photos.
Mystery Objects Game
Put small flat objects into a sealed envelope and let your child guess what is inside and then rub on top with a crayon to see what it is.
Things to Put Inside
Suggestions for things to put inside:
piece of lace or material