Growing Roots.... is mainly about kids art and nature, but we throw in some great books, snacks, science or what ever else strikes our fancy. I have some great reviews and giveaways planned through out summer so I hope you come over and join in the fun.
Today I want to share with you a big favorite at our house: Melted Crayon Paintings
Everyone has crayons in their house and this is a great way to use up all those little bits and pieces that you can't color with. Even if you don't save those crayons are so cheap right now you could pick up several boxes for under a buck.
Here's how you get started:
Preheat oven to 200 degrees
Shed crayons of their wrappers
Sort them into the muffin tins all one color in each tin
Place the muffin tin into preheated oven
Melt them for about 5 minutes at 200 degrees
Now your ready to paint.
Keep the oven on since they will harden up fast so you will have remelt them off and on. When your kids are done either let the leftover harden up and pop them out for muffin tin crayons. Or just put up the muffin tin to melt again later. That is what we plan to do later this week.
Hazel Eyed Girl: 11 years old (Her narration of the painting: she created her own version of Monet, and made a spring scene with the approaching storm clouds rolling in)
Giggle Girl: 6 years old (Her narration of the painting: she was creating her own Jackson Pollack: which is really hard with melted crayons since they don't flick or splash. I think she did a great job considering she could not splash and splatter!)
Didn't they turn out great? I love them. Melted crayons are a lot of fun to paint with. The pan doesn't get real hot so you don't have to worry about burning little fingers. It is fairly warm so you might want to place it on a towel or old cookie sheet. Use q-tips to or cotton balls attached to clothespins. Don't use paint brushes since the melted wax won't come off EVER! :)
This is a better alternative to the hot plate melted crayon projects that are all over the net. Since your not coloring on a heated griddle, which can burn bad. Use your own judgement with this activity, I've been doing it since my
girls were fairly young and I just stood right by them. Now they are old
pro's at it.
Not sure if your kids are ready for melted crayons then make a fun Crayon Shavings Discovery Bottle (kids of all ages really like this one!)
Take some unwrapped crayons shave them with a grater and add them to a water bottle (full of water) my girls loved how they swirl, and how the light colored crayon shavings float to the top, the dark colored crayons shavings sink to the bottom.