President’s Day Rubbing Collage

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Celebrate President’s Day with a fun, contemporary collage. Create textured rubbings of presidential facts with Crayola Color Sticks.


  1. 1. MAKE RUBBING PLATES For younger children, this step can be completed by an adult ahead of time.
  2. 2. Use Crayola Scissors to cut several pieces of poster board into medium-size pieces about 4 x 6 inches or 10 x 15 cm.
  3. 3. Print from the computer or copy from a book a silhouette of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Cut out the silhouettes with scissors and glue onto a piece of cut poster board. Trace over the lines in the silhouette with Crayola School Glue and air-dry completely overnight.
  4. 4. Use a Color Stick to write words about Presidents Washington and Lincoln onto the pieces of poster board. For example: George, Washington, Abe, Lincoln, president, 1st, 16th, born, 1809, and 1732. Trace over what you have written and drawn with School Glue and air-dry completely overnight.
  5. 5. MAKE TEXTURED DESIGNS Place a piece of construction paper on top of each of the rubbing plates and use the flat side of a Color Stick to rub over the paper until the image appears. Use more than one Color Stick while rubbing to make special effects. Fill several sheets with different rubbings made with a variety of colors.
  6. 6. MAKE COLLAGE Cut out the rubbed images in interesting shapes with scissors. Use a Color Stick to add color to the edges of the cut pieces.
  7. 7. Arrange pieces on a piece of constructions paper.
  8. 8. Glue the pieces to a piece of construction paper with School Glue.


Students create a picture book of president silhouettes and basic facts.

Students create a timeline depicting the tenure of the presidents of the United States.

Assessment: Students gather facts about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Students understand to significance of their presidencies and why they are celebrated.


Students understand texture as an element of art. Texture rubbings give the illusion of texture in a composition.

Students understand the origins and elements of collage art.

Students research and gather facts about Presidents Washington and Lincoln.


Grades 1 to 3
Grades 4 to 6


Language Arts
Social Studies
Visual Arts


Multiple Sessions

curriculum standards links

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UK: Research UK Standards
Canada: Research Canada Standards

safety guidelines

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

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