This set of rubbing plates set includes 16 insect shapes of many common varieties. As you might remember from childhood simply place a piece of paper over the embossed plastic sheet and rub all over with a crayon (held flat) and watch the image appear.
But don’t stop there! Take it a step further:
Try using chalk or pastel (spray artwork afterwards with a fixative to help prevent smudging)
Try using pencil crayon or pencil
Try tracing the design first on the embossed plastic with a washable marker then apply a piece of paper on top to create a stamp
Add further details to the finished pieces by colouring with pencil crayons or highlight areas with paint
Turn the plate over and fill the back of the image with white glue mixed with food colouring or acrylic paint. When dry lift out a 3D insect shape!
Use the plates on the Light Cube for drawing and rubbing as well as the 3D glue insects! Making insects with mostly glue (and no added food colouring or paint) will keep them more translucent for the light table.
Let your creative juices flow and explore these and other ways to bring nature into your classroom.
- 16 plastic insect plates 6.5″ x 4.5″ (17cm x 12cm)
- Guide full of ideas and insect descriptions