Make Number Rubbings

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Updated on Nov 6, 2013

Kids love using crayons for just about everything, even things we don't want them to be used on! Put this art streak to good use by introducing them to “rubbings.” They'll work the small muscles in their hands and improve eye-hand coordination (both key for writing!) Plus, they'll experiment with different surfaces, while they practice their numbers.

What You Need:

  • paper
  • number templates (provided below)
  • at least 10 objects with lots of different textures (sandpaper, homemade paper, leaves, coins,…etc.)
  • safety scissors
  • pencil
  • crayons
  • lined paper

What You Do:

  1. Print out the numbers 1-10, using the template provided: template 0, template 1, template 2, template 3, template 4, template 5, template 6, template 7, template 8, template 9, template 10
  2. Show your child how she can make a cool design on paper, by “rubbing” a crayon across a piece of paper that’s on top of an unusual texture.
  3. Sit your child down at a table with the stack of numbers and a variety of textures to work with. Explain to her that for each page, she is going to match the number with the correct amount of textures. For example, for the “3” page, she’ll find three objects with different textures to rub under the paper, in order to form a design. She might use: one coin, one leaf, and one comb.
  4. Help your child with the first page. Show her how to lay an item on the table (for example, the sandpaper), and then lay the printed out template page on top of it. Using a bare crayon, turned on its side, show her how to press down while rubbing the crayon on the white paper to form the rubbing.

Easy? Yes. Fun? You bet. But also a great lesson in math. This activity helps preschool kids connect written numbers with the amount of objects they represent. And it has some pre-writing and science experimentation thrown in, too. So get rubbing!