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Melted Crayon Art

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Lesson Plan
Grades PreK-1
Early Childhood, Art, Literacy, Fine Motor


Improve fine motor skills and grasp.

Supplies Needed

Broken and unwrapped crayons
Tin foil
Electric warming tray-set on med/low
Newspapers for drying artwork.

Learning Standards

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.


Step 1

Plug in the tray in an area that can be supervised at all times.

Step 2

Explain to the children that crayons are made out of wax that can melt when it is hot.

Step 3

Place a piece of paper directly on the heated foil covered warming tray.

Step 4

As children draw, their crayons will guide as they melt into the paper and become translucent.

Step 5

Set art work on newspapers to cool and dry.

Teacher Tips

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.

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