Homemade Crayon Rubbing Cards

October 24, 2013

I use a lot of hot glue around here to, well, you know, glue stuff together, but you may have noticed that I have used hot glue for play too.  Case in point: the invisible letters and numbers.  Well, a long time ago (pre-blogging era), I made these hot glue gun crayon rubbings for J using recycled cardboard and hot glue.  We have only recently revisited them, which reminded me how awesome they really are.  They are simple to make and cost nearly nothing to make.  Plus, you could make any kind of design you want, making it easy to tailor to your child's interests.

Homemade crayon rubbing cards and busy bag from And Next Comes L

To make the crayon rubbing cards, I cut some thick cardboard into very rough square shapes.  I saw very rough because I have a tendency to eyeball instead of measure.  If you don't believe me, ask my husband about how I cook.  I then drew the designs I wanted onto the cardboard using pencil.  My designs include a star, apple, flower, tree, smiley face, cat, swirl, and leaf.  But, like I mentioned previously, pick designs that appeal to your child.  Once you have your designs drawn, follow your drawing with the hot glue.  Be sure to make it thick.  A small layer of hot glue will yield terrible crayon rubbings.  The more raised up the glue is, the better.

Here are the cards that I made.  As you can see, the boys have also colored on the cards themselves.  

Homemade crayon rubbing cards from And Next Comes L

Once the hot glue is dry, feel free to do some crayon rubbings.

Some samples of the crayon rubbings from our homemade crayon rubbing cards from And Next Comes L

Close up of the crayon rubbings from our homemade crayon rubbing cards from And Next Comes L

I have this handy-dandy little bag to store this busy bag in.  I believe it was the package for some bath toys.  Regardless, it is the perfect size to fit the crayon rubbing cards in, a few crayons, and some scrap pieces of paper, but any small bag will do.  And that's it - a super simple and frugal busy bag for kids!

Busy Bag of the Month Series

Be sure to check out the other amazing busy bags from the Busy Bag of the Month Series.

Felt Haunted House Busy Bag from Toddler Approved
Pumpkin Felt Play from No Twiddle Twaddle
Cookie Math Play Dough Mat from Coffee Cups and Crayons
Halloween Math Busy Bag from The Educators' Spin on It

If you're looking for even more busy bag ideas, follow along on the Busy Bags for the Kiddos! Pinterest Board.

Homemade crayon rubbing cards and busy bag from And Next Comes L

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to follow And Next Comes L on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google +.

14 comments:

  1. These are so neat. I think my daughter would just like tracing the shapes with her fingers as much as doing the crayon rubbings!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tracing the shapes would be a great sensory and prewriting activity!

      Delete
  2. This is such a neat idea! I think I know what our art project is gonna be on Monday!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ohhhh! I LOVE this idea, Dyan! I see some of these in our future for SURE!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Awesome, Jackie! I am sure that the hooligans would love these!

      Delete
  4. I loved it so much i did pumpkins for my kids Halloween day activities. I guess i didn't put enough glue but something went wrong it wasn't working for my kids lol. they loved the idea though i will try again when i am all alone nice and quiet.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Two things to try:

      1. Don't make the design too intricate, leaving enough space between glue lines.

      2. Layer the glue so that it is raised up from the cardboard.

      I tried making snowflake ones a week ago and they failed because they were too intricate and I ran out of hot glue. :(

      Delete
    2. oh ok i will give it another go maybe on a saturday or sunday. thank you.

      Delete
    3. And if it still doesn't work, maybe try thicker cardboard. Good luck!

      Delete