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Paper Scrapers

ages 3-6


White paper, crayon with the paper peeled off, paintbrush

Activity Detail

Next time you and your child visit a new city, try this fun technique when out in the streets. You need paper, a paintbrush and a crayon, with paper removed. Have child select a texture he'd like to capture, such as a manhole cover or a plaque by a statue. Use the paintbrush to gently brush away any dirt and then have your child place the paper over the object. Hold the paper firmly in place while your child rubs the peeled crayon back and forth over the paper, capturing the texture underneath. Have your child sign and date his/her paper when done.


maia_starling said:

Fun way to learn about textures. Could also be a fun way to do letters and numbers.

- Posted on Jun 14, 2007

bethmason_us said:

This would work on a walk around the neighborhood too!

- Posted on Jul 24, 2007

ashleyoneill said:

This is also a fun way to capture a keepsake from a special place in your own town -- a trip to the zoo, a walk around downtown, etc. When I was a child, we did this activity in old cemeteries. I remember how beautiful I thought the rubbings were.

- Posted on Mar 11, 2008

Nancy said:

Use the words Texture. Texture is an Element of Art. The kids will hear the new words, add to their vocabulary, while creating art from various items from around the house. Wicker picnic trays or flat baskets, iron trivets, burlap bags, sand paper... you get the idea. Have fun. There is no exact way to create.

- Posted on Jun 29, 2011

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