Let’s make texture-rubbing art using items around the house, and then play a fun matching game!

texture rubbing art around the home using crayons and paper with every day items
Have fun making texture rubbings around the house.

When you’ve lived in your home for a few years, cleaned it hundreds of times, and played hide-and-go-seek more times than you can count, you feel like you know every nook and cranny. There’s nothing like an indoor treasure hunt or an indoor safari though to make you realize that there is more to the interior of your house than you thought.

When we came up with this texture-matching game, we realized that we had gained a whole new perspective.

How to make texture rubbing art

Related: Crayon wax rubbings

crayons, paper, and household items used to make texture rubbings
You’ll need paper and crayons to make your texture-rubbing art.

Supplies needed to make texture rubbings

  • White paper
  • Crayons
  • Various textures from around the home (we have a list of ideas below)
texture rubbings made using bricks, kitchen items, and decor around the house
See how many items around your house you can make texture rubbings of.

Use white paper and crayons, and make texture rubbings of various items around the house – we have a great list of ideas below. We suggest using different colors to make the game look more appealing, and so the kids can quickly distinguish between the different patterns.

texture rubbings done of a fireplace and tile surround
Get creative with your texture rubbings like these of a fireplace.

How to play the texture rubbing matching game

Give the kids one square at a time, starting with the most easily recognizable patterns and working up in difficulty. If they need help, you can use the “hot and cold” method.

Texture rubbing ideas

Every house is different, but we have ideas for household items that make good texture rubbings including:

  • grout marks on a tile floor
  • central air vents
  • baskets
  • bottoms of shoes
  • upholstery tacking
  • wainscoting boards
  • window screens
  • TV remote
  • a comb
  • textured walls
  • a dog tag
  • bricks
  • kitchen items such as slotted spoons and strainers
  • clothing such as hats and belt buckles
Yield: 8

Texture Rubbings Around the Home

texture rubbing art around the home using crayons and paper with every day items

Make texture rubbings around the home and then play a matching game with the kids.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $0


  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Household items with a variety of textures


  1. Place the paper over a variety of textures and rub the crayon over the top to create a print.
  2. Repeat this with as many colors and textures as you like.

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  1. Oh, this looks like fun. I know my oldest would enjoy this activity. Thanks for sharing at AfterSchool.

  2. That looks like fun and a very flexible project depending on what you are teaching. We are working on coins right now, maybe we can do it with some change!