The other day I made crayon rubbing plates to extend our son’s coloring activities. He loved them so much, I thought I’d share the easy DIY project with you!

You’ll need: 

Cardboard cereal boxes (or similar thin cardboard)

Paper Cutter

White glue


Break down a large cereal box and then use the paper cutter to cut squares or rectangles in the size desired. I found about 5×7 worked best for easy handling.

Trim the edges even. Because this Type-A mom said so. You should get 4-6 “plates” from a large cereal box.

Use the white glue to draw designs on each plate. Try squiggles, lines, circles, shapes, your child’s name, a favorite object. Anything goes.

Go heavy on the glue. It dries down fairly flat, and you need some kind of “bump” to make the crayon show the design.

Let dry overnight. With the thick glue you have to leave it that long to make sure it’s dry all the way through.

To Use: 

Place a rubbing plate underneath a piece of sketch paper.

Use the side of a crayon to rub across the area of the plate and the design will appear!

Children may have to be shown to use the crayon sideways, and also to apply enough pressure. My son colors rather lightly so this was the challenge for him.

Our oldest loves to color. And the baby isn’t far behind. Using these homemade rubbing plates, our preschooler can add designs to his drawings, “write” his name on paper, or create the outline of a truck to color in himself!

I put these materials into an activity bag, but I leave it handy where he can grab them when he wants to make artwork!

What will you make on your DIY Crayon Rubbing Plates? 

If you like this craft, please pin it! Thanks!

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  • Anne Perry September 11, 2013, 12:35 pm

    Going to try this!! I love your honesty about being type A. I am too… I am trying to relax and let my son do things his way. So tough sometimes.

  • Courtney September 10, 2013, 7:32 pm

    You are way to fun!

  • Stefani September 10, 2013, 11:19 am

    What a really neat idea. I think my son would get a kick out of it!

  • Debi@ The Spring Mount 6 Pack September 10, 2013, 8:52 am

    This is really cool. My kids have always loved those rub things, but I hated putting the money out because they get tired of them quickly.

  • Danielle @ We Have It All September 9, 2013, 10:11 pm

    What a fantastic idea, and so simple too! Thanks for sharing!

  • brett September 9, 2013, 9:56 pm

    i love this julie!! you can do all kinds of things with it!!

  • Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom September 9, 2013, 8:23 pm

    Duhhh… this is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that” moments.. LOVE it.. what a smart idea and so simple.. thanks for sharing, sure will keep the kids busy for a bit..

  • Angela September 9, 2013, 7:57 pm

    I would have never dreamed this up. Love it!

  • Hannah Avery September 9, 2013, 6:44 pm

    Where do you get those kind of crayons?

  • Beeb September 9, 2013, 5:44 pm

    Oh, how cute! I remember using plastic rubbing plates when I was a kid – really clever to make your own.

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell September 9, 2013, 5:14 pm

    Super idea and would be really fun for holiday cards!

  • Jennifer Soltys September 9, 2013, 4:46 pm

    What a seriously good idea!!! Looks easy enough… I am very impressed!

  • Janel September 9, 2013, 1:22 pm

    This is AWESOME!! I remember doing that with crayons as a kid but haven’t really thought to with my kids. I’m totally doing this today!

  • Trisha W. September 9, 2013, 11:02 am

    P.S. I love the crayons. No rolling off the table and no wrappers to get in the way.

  • Trisha W. September 9, 2013, 11:00 am

    Julie, I love the “because I said so” line of this post. It truly made me smile!

  • Pam September 9, 2013, 10:23 am

    What a cute idea, Julie! I love this simple crafts. Simple is my speed! :)

  • Daisy September 9, 2013, 10:02 am

    This is such an awesome idea! I’m going to make some of these with my son after school and then we’ll let them dry and save them for fun this weekend!

  • Amy @ Oh So Savvy Mom September 9, 2013, 8:15 am

    Love it! I’m putting together a preschool program for my son and his friend and this will be a great activity!