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Texture Rubbings

Posted by: Rhonda August 18, 2015

The world is full of different colors and sounds which can grab the attention of a child. Less noticeable perhaps is the great array of textures that can be found out in nature. One of the best ways to explore and appreciate the varied surfaces and patterns of the environment is to do crayon rubbings.

Bark rubbings are the easiest to start with. Give the children a piece of copy paper and some dark colored crayons (with the paper cover removed). Tape the paper onto the trunk of a tree and rub the side of the crayon firmly over the paper. Try different kinds of trees and notice the different patterns and textures that appear.

But don’t stop there! Leaves, grasses, ferns, or rocks will make intriguing rubbings. Our preschoolers strayed from the nature theme and became fascinated with a manhole cover and the bricks on the path as well.

When you’re done you’ll have a big sheaf of patterned papers for your next art collage! But more importantly, your children will have a growing interest and awareness of the richness of their environment.