Shape Rubbings

Shape Rubbings lesson plan

What does your shape look like?

  • 1.

    Prior to the opening of this lesson, share with students stories about geometric shapes. Talk with them about the specific attributes of each shape, such as a square has four points, or vertices; a circle has no points or vertices; a triangle has three sides; etc.

  • 2.

    Take students on a "hunt" in their classroom or school environment to find examples of the geometric shapes they are studying. Where can they be found? List student findings during a class discussion on a classroom white board using Crayola® Dry Erase Markers.

  • 3.

    Ask students to bring in examples of shapes from home. Provide parents with a list of written directions for this activity so as to avoid receiving items that are too small for children to work with.

  • 4.

    Provide students with several Crayola crayons and ask them to remove the paper wrappings from each crayon. While they are doing this, write the name of each geometric shape under study and draw an example of the shape next to its corresponding word.

  • 5.

    Using student contributions from home, each student will create a crayon rubbing of their shapes with the side of the crayon. Prior to allow students to work independently, demonstrate how the rubbing process is done successfully. Ask if there are any questions prior to allowing students to go to their work space.

  • 6.

    Once students have completed each of their rubbings, assist them with writing the name of each shape below the rubbing.

  • 7.

    Close the lesson by discussing similarities and differences students see in their shape rubbings.


  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • MATH: Identify and describe shapes.
  • MATH: Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • This activity can be used to create rubbings of letters as students are learning about the shape of each letter and how it is made.