Every year, we head out to Santa Barbara for a weekend. UCSB is my husband’s alma mater and if it didn’t cost an arm and a leg and your first born to live there, we would be so tempted to stay! One of the places that we visited last time was the Old Mission. This is a fun and easy craft idea I got from there that I wanted to share with you.
Skill level: Easy…older ones will enjoy it and little ones can do it making it a wonderful craft for families with children of different ages
Time involved: Easy
Materials: ceramic tile (any from Home Depot/Lowes/Target etc will do), crayons or chalk, white paper
**Special Needs Adaptation: This craft can be done using the larger sized or block shaped crayons. If you want to make it more challenging, for more of an OT/Fine Motor workout, use broken crayons, little pieces.
Place the tile on a firm surface. If your table is super nice, put a table cloth or place mat under the tile so that if the tile slips it doesn’t scratch the surface below. Ceramic tiles like these are found in almost any home improvement store. Our Home Depot and Lowe’s both sell them here (lots of peppers, suns and kokopellis) for approx. $5.00 each. This one is designed to look like the Old Mission.
Have your child place their white paper over the tile.
Rub over the paper with a horizontal crayon until the tile image appears on the paper.
This is just a simple craft, but it lends itself to teaching the art concepts of rubbings (you can also use chalk) and relief images. Sometimes, I find that my children enjoy the simple crafts as much as ones that I put hours of prep into.