Melted Crayon Art
Improve fine motor skills and grasp.
Broken and unwrapped crayons
Electric warming tray-set on med/low
Newspapers for drying artwork.
Physical Development (Fine Motor): Manipulate writing, drawing and art tools.
Logic & Reasoning: Recognize cause and effect relationships.
Literacy Knowledge & Skills: Experiment with writing tools and materials.
Cover a warming tray with tin foil for easy clean-up. Set on a towel that is spread on a table (This will prevent slipping). Make sure to have a large selection of crayons and crayon pieces that are unwrapped.
Plug in the tray in an area that can be supervised at all times.
Explain to the children that crayons are made out of wax that can melt when it is hot.
Place a piece of paper directly on the heated foil covered warming tray.
As children draw, their crayons will guide as they melt into the paper and become translucent.
Set art work on newspapers to cool and dry.
You may want to wear a glove or have them available for children to wear on their non-drawing hand to hold the paper in place.
Hang the dried artwork on a window or suggest children hold it up to the light to enjoy the translucency of the melted crayon colors.