Material of the Week: Crayons

Crayons are an artist's material that most people have readily available at home. We've had a lot of fun experimenting with crayons lately!

First, we made our own crayons by tearing paper off stumps of the crayons deep down in the bin. We used a muffin tin that was flower-shaped and ended up with some colorful new crayons! I love the idea of bringing new life to art materials we've had around for awhile. 

Be sure the muffin tins are fairly full as the wax melts down a lot. We heated at 275 for about 10 minutes. 

Then, we put the muffin tin in the refrigerator for several hours. They were really easy to pop right out!

Inspired by another post from The Artful Parent, we again melted crayons in a different way. This project is best for slightly older children (my 6-year-old was very careful, but it wasn't a project for my 4-year-old son). We heated old cookie sheets at 250 degrees. We placed paper on the cookie sheets and she used long crayons to draw a design. It was amazing to see the crayon melt as she drew! The colors blended together so differently - she loved experimenting. 

Finally, we used (colored) glue to create a design for our own crayon rubbings! We had so much fun this fall rubbing leaf veins, we thought we'd design our own patterns and pictures. When the glue dried, we put a piece of paper over it and began rubbing with the new crayons we made, creating beautiful designs!

What have you done recently with crayons? We'd love to hear your ideas!

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