- any flat items to create textured surprises, such as sand paper, rubber bands, paper clips, yarn, confetti, stencils, paper shapes, leaves
- a smooth table at child height
- large sheet of butcher paper, light color preferred
- peeled jumbo crayons, or any crayons
- masking tape
- Spread all the flat textured surprise items on the table. Sort and arrange the items in any design. Feel free to move them around over and over before selecting one design.
- Carefully (don't cause to much "wind" and blow them all away!) lower the large sheet of butcher paper over the surprises and cover them. (Adult help may be needed.)
- Tape the corner and other edges of the paper to the table with masking tape to prevent slipping (and peeking).
- Invite others to the Surprise Table who did not design it.
- With peeled crayons held on their sides, begin rubbing the paper and observe how surprises appear from the rubbing. Feel the paper with hands to be sure all the hidden surprises have been exposedby the crayon rubbings.
- Leave the Surprise Table just as it is to enjoy as a fancy table decoration or remove it for a wall decoration.
- Use the large rubbing as wrapping paper, cutting it into smaller pieces, if needed.
- Use the rubbing for a crayon resist, by painting over the crayon, rubbing with watercolor paints or thinned tempera paints.