Crayon Rubbings

Crayon rubbings are so much fun because it almost feels like the image “magically” appears.  It is a great way to use those broken crayons and is a great tactile sensory activity for those little ones who crave tactile exploration.

crayon rubbings


Crayon Rubbings

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What you will need:

  • Paper
  • Crayons (preferably with paper removed)
  • Leaves or other items with fun textures



Place a piece of paper on top of leaves or a surface with a great texture.  Construction paper will be too thick so chose a thinner paper like ordinary printer paper or even notebook paper.  Remove the paper from the crayon if it is still on there.  Turn the crayon sideways and gently rub.


  • Tree trunks offer nice textures
  • House siding
  • Concrete
  • Weeds
  • Money
  • Paper clips
  • Patio furniture (see pic below)

crayon rubbings




About Trisha

Trisha Kilpatrick is a homeschooling mother of three. She has a degree in Education with a double major in Elementary and Special Education, but she is more proud of her countless hours of volunteer work in Children’s Church. She believes that all children can learn and that, in life, simple is almost always best. *Affiliate links are used on this site. I may be compensated when you click on or buy from these links. If you have any questions, you can contact me at questions@trishadishes.com .

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