Shape Rubbings

Shape Rubbings lesson plan

  • 1.

    Read stories and talk with children about shapes all around them, such as round plates, rectangular books, and triangle blocks.

  • 2.

    Choose the complexity of shapes, depending on children's knowledge: circle, square, triangle, oval, rectangle, and hexagon. Closely supervise children who find small shapes for rubbings.

  • 3.

    Encourage literacy and math understandings by talking about and writing new vocabulary words for shapes.

  • 4.

    Remove the paper wrappings from several Crayola® Crayons.

  • 5.

    Find flat shapes such as puzzle or game pieces, buttons, or parquetry blocks. Lay construction paper over the top of a shape.

  • 6.

    Make a crayon rubbing of the shape with the side of a crayon.

  • 7.

    Write the name of the shape and your name below the rubbing.


  • Letters, Numbers & Words
  • Reading Pictures
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Small Muscles
  • Social & Emotional: Flexibility
  • Thinking: Observing
  • Thinking: Problem Solving
  • Thinking: Understanding Concepts