Wax rubbing is a classic art project for kids that is easy and fun for kids.
Crayon art ideas like these are great for fine motor skills development, recognizing textures and colors, and they are just plain fun! We at Kids Activities Blog love this simple craft with crayons and we hope your kids do too.
We had a great time creating colorful artworks with this wax crayon activity. Wax rubbing is simple and lots of fun.
All you need is some paper, a few crayons and you are set to go! Simply lay your paper across a surface that is not flat, then start rubbing your crayon across the page as you press down on the surface to make a pattern.
My four year old son was excited as he explored the room, looking for surfaces to try out. It’s always interesting to look around and decide what might work and what won’t – it’s a great sensory play idea.
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It was so much fun to watch the different patterns emerge. This lovely effect was created by laying our paper over a cane basket.
Different textures and patterns can also be created by rotating the paper over the same surface so that the direction of the pattern changes across the page.
Rub the same pattern in different colors for another effect. It can be fun to see which colors work best for different surfaces.
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Crayon rubbing is so versatile and this activity is a great one to take outdoors. Try it out on brick walls, tree trunks, fences or leaves.
The finished artwork can be used in many different ways. Try rubbing different patterns on to the same piece of paper for a colorful and interesting artwork to hang on the wall.
You could also turn your masterpiece into a special, one of a kind, gift wrapping paper, or cut the patterns into smaller pieces then paste them on to a new page to create an interesting and textured collage.
Another idea for extending the learning opportunities of this activity would be to turn it into a guessing game. Make some crayon rubbings, and then show them to your child. Let your child know what you used to make the various patterns, and then ask them to guess which patterns belong to which objects.
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