Hot Glue Crayon Rubbings


If you're like me then you have lots of peeled crayons lying around. I don't know how this happens exactly. Who wouldn't want to keep a wrapper on a crayon? Apparently, my kids. They have so much fun peeling the wrappers off. Today's activity is a way to use those unwrapped crayons and create some fun kid art at the same time. 

You will need:
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cereal box
  • Unwrapped crayons

Cut your cereal box so you have two large sides. You will be using the back of the box to create your rubbing template.

Using your hot glue gun, draw designs onto the back of the cereal box. You can make a specific picture, designs or even your child's name. Hot glue is extremely hot, so make sure the glue is totally dried and hardened before giving the cardboard to your child.

crayon rubbings using hot glue

The kids enjoyed feeling the cards before we started the crayon rubbing. This provided a fun sensory experience as they ran their fingers back and forth over the glue.

I gave the kids some plain white copy paper and demonstrated how they needed to hold the paper over the cardboard and rub the crayon across. This was probably the trickiest part for the kids. It took them a few tries to figure out how to hold the paper so it would not move when they were doing their rubbing.

crayon rubbings

I thought the kids would just enjoy making the rubbings, but after my daughter B made a rainbow rubbing, she decided the color it in. She made her own coloring page!

kids activity with crayons

One fun idea we discovered was that you could do the rubbing in different colors and a produce a rainbow effect picture. The bottom one in the photo was created using this technique.

kids fun, crayon rubbing activity

If you are at all crafty, or want to be, then you probably have a hot glue gun at home. Now you have a new way to use it. Happy gluing!


  1. What a great activity. I have seen this idea before, but I really like the idea of using cereal boxes rather than cardboard. I don't have many cardboard boxes lying around, but I only ever have to wait a day or two to get an empty cereal box. ;)

  2. What a great idea.

  3. Vicky! What a great idea! I'm having one of those "how come I never thought of that?" moments! Can't wait to try this with my kiddos! :)

  4. You are so clever! What a fun idea. Renee

  5. Tried this with my 2 children this afternoon, they absolutely LOVE IT..... To do the glue gun design part �������� not so much of the rubbing part through.... LOL! Wish I could upload photos to show how "serious" their look designing with the glue gun....