Thursday, October 24, 2013

Homemade Crayon Rubbing Cards

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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 DIY hot glue gun crayon rubbing cards for J.

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.

So if you are looking for a simple busy bag idea for kids, then look no further than these homemade crayon rubbing cards.

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How to Make Easy DIY Crayon Rubbing Cards for Kids Using Hot Glue

Here's what you'll need to make some homemade crayon rubbing cards using hot glue:

To make the crayon rubbing cards, I cut some thick cardboard into very rough square shapes.  I say 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.  

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Once the hot glue is dry, feel free to do some crayon rubbings. Simply place the cards underneath a sheet of paper and rub the crayons over the paper. It's a great fine motor activity for kids! Find more fine motor activities for kids in our fine motor activity books.

Crayon rubbing art using homemade rubbing cards from And Next Comes L

Crayon rubbing art using homemade rubbing cards from And Next Comes L

Toss some scrap paper, some crayons, and your homemade crayon rubbing cards into a sealable bag and take it with you on the go. So simple and frugal!

Video Tutorial for Making DIY Crayon Rubbing Cards

Here's a video tutorial showing how to make these cards.

Other Ideas You'll Love

This post is part of a series called the Busy Bag of the Month Series. Here are some other great busy bag ideas for kids.

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Pumpkin Felt Play from No Twiddle Twaddle
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  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!

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

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

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

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

  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.

    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. :(

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

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

  5. So much fun! I could also see these as being a great alternative for children who are too sensory-sensitive to use sandpaper letters, etc. Can't wait to try!

    1. They would definitely be a great alternative to sandpaper letters! Great idea!