9th March 2022 All Posts Sustainability in the Early Years

Sustainability Activity of the Week: Surface Rubbing

We think it’s important to provide useful resources for early years practitioners, childminders, and parents in terms of sustainability – and this series aims to bring you easy crafts and activities that will teach children about sustainable living. 

This week we are bringing you a Surface Rubbing activity that will not only be a great way to teach children motor skills, but it will also help children to identify the difference between textures and materials they find around the house or garden. 

Safety First!

Don’t allow children to rub sharp objects.

Surface Rubbing

What you’ll need:

  • Paper 
  • Coloured Crayons
  • Various materials 


  1. Choose some objects or surfaces around the house or garden that children can use to rub against. 
  2. Demonstrate to children how to place paper over a surface before rubbing with a crayon to create an imprint. 
  3. Allow children to go off and create different rubbings, and even make art from this afterwards.

Join us next week for another sustainable early years activity, and if you try this out, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @ConnectChildcare. Have you seen our other sensory activities? We have a FREE Water Play Activity Guide ideal for spring weather and sensory development.

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