Recently I took my children to the playground and noticed that the kid table had built-in pictures and the ABC’s, designed for crayon rubbings. Placing the blank sheet of paper over the pictures and rubbing a crayon on its side is the perfect activity for this environment.
Before the weather becomes to cold, I am going to take my children on a walk and let them gather nature items for the activity. The only real requirement for a good rubbing is that the items be relatively flat. A rock is usually not a good candidate, but leaves in all of their varieties are perfect. As a gradeschooler, I remember a special activity my mother guided us through, where we took a field book, identified 5 different trees, and then did crayon rubbings of their respective leaves.
There are also plenty of things that you can find around the house and in your community that will make great rubbings. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Kitchen strainers
- Stamp pads
- The sidewalk
- Words on local monuments
- Grave stones of family members
Have fun with your little ones!