We did this little art project a couple of days before St. Patrick’s Day; I liked the idea of using crayons to paint a rainbow, and it turned out better than I imagined. M loved this and we’ll definitely do it again sometime soon. I first saw the idea in a MaryAnn Kohl book (either Scribble Art or Preschool Art) about two years ago, but have since seen it around the blogosphere a couple of times too.
Using melted crayons to paint a bouquet of flowers would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift, or any spring-time sort of artwork!
We began with a bucket full of M’s “naked” (no paper) crayons. He loves removing the paper and sharpening crayons, so this step was already done. Seriously, if you need an activity for a rainy day, have your child peel paper off of crayons and then sharpen them with a crayon sharpener. M could do this all day!
Next we chose several crayons in various shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. We broke them up (lots of fun!) and placed them by color into an old muffin tin, lined with paper cups:
I placed the muffin tin in a 400 (Fahrenheit) degree oven. It took about 10 minutes for the crayons to completely melt. In the meantime I boiled some water and poured it into a cake pan. Once the crayons were melted I set the muffin tin into the cake pan too. The hot water was there to keep the crayons melted, as they tend to harden pretty quickly. If you have a warming tray you could use that instead. I really need a warming tray! :)
I had pre-drawn our design and M used q-tips to paint it with the melted crayons:
Have a beautiful day! :)