22.9.11

Crayon Art

I have been looking for fun craft projects to do with the monkeys using 'recycled' crayons.  My boys don't use them much anymore- preferring coloring pencils (or if you are Canadian Pencil Crayons).  A few months ago a friend of mine was cleaning out her play room and gifted us with a huge bag of Crayola crayons.  
We finally found a great easy project when Adele from Musings On The Simple Life posted her Melty Crayon Art.  The monkeys and I did this project in an hour and they had a blast- This is definitely one we'll do again.

To make you will need: crayons, canvas, glue gun, hair dryer and newspaper.  
Sort crayons and remove the labels.
Once they were done peeling the labels they played around with various patterns
before we glued them on with the glue gun

My younger monkey decide to follow a color chart and group like colors together

We glued them on across the top 

My older monkey chose to do an abstract pattern

We took them outside- laid out the newspaper and got the hair dryer ready


They melted quickly! 


The final result was something they were both proud of

Dr. J took one look at their art and asked if he could take them to his office to hang up!
Questions to consider while creating:
What materials are we using? Where do they come from?  What is it made of?
Is this recycled art?  Why?
What colors are we using? Are you making a pattern?
What are warm colors?  Cool colors?
Read the names of the colors- why do you think they named it that color? 
What direction will the wax melt? Will it melt with other colors to create new colors?
What does the silver crayon take longer to melt than the other colors?


What are some art projects you like to do with crayons? 

21 comments:

vintch said...

wow! what a creative and crafty idea. very interactive and i'm sure the kiddos LOVED it too. hats off to you, mama!

Nuit said...

This is amazing Ren!!! really pretty! I'll give it a try :) xo

drollgirl said...

wah! i wish i was working on a project like this right now! it looks like so much fun!

akiko hiramatsu said...

amazing! I want to do! But my sun is 13 years old, so there are not Crayon in my house. I will tell my sister's sun, he is 5 years old!

akiko from Japan,
http://kimonosnack.blogspot.com

David Toms said...

This is absolutely fabulous! I am always saving bits and pieces to see how I can use them again.

April's Homemaking said...

What a wonderful idea!! I will have to try this craft, I love the way it turns out!!

mimiesmicrocosmos said...

How cool! I need to have children, so I can do things like this too :)

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

Wonderful!
Luv how you encourage creativity at home!!

Mama Gone Green said...

cool! we tried to do some melted crayon poitnalism this week and.... it was hard for an almost 4 year old. Actually, it was sort of hard for me!

Vintage is for Lovers said...

I love this art project! So funny I was waiting for the hair dryer part! For a moment I thought I was going to be able to share something super cool with you but of course, you Mama are already there! ;) Love these!! Can't wait to do it with my boys! xo Samantha

Andrea said...

What a fun art project! The children look proud of the results :)

cpcable said...

Awesome idea and I love your critical thinking questions as well.

jgy said...

Wonderful colorful fun!
I used to love the 64 color Crayola sets, brings back memories of periwinkle and all those great hues:))

Thanks for your encouragement at my Found in Japan blog!

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow said...

I love this art! Beautiful! I also love the questions you listed to ask during the process. Awesome!

Lori @ La-La's Home Daycare said...

I love this craft! I've been seeing it all over the place, but have yet to try it. This came out so beautiful! They did a wonderful job.

Lori

Shari said...

So glad to see the crayons being used! It's unbelievable how many crayons we ended up with. C asked to do a weekly art project now that our project room is almost complete. This will definitely be on our list!

Kimia Kline said...

hah! this is so fun. one of my friends did this with candy in college. her work turned out gorgeous and so colorful.

Brooke @ Let Kids Create said...

I absolutely love melted crayon art. The questions you asked were fantastic and I like how each boy did it his own way. I hadn't seen an abstrace piece done with melted crayon. I want to try this so bad!
Thanks for linking up to Monday Madness!

bicocacolors said...

amazing, really like a lot!!!

Brooke @ Let Kids Create said...

By the way, I am featuring this project on Monday Madness this week! I love melted crayons!

Laura @Art For Little Hands said...

I love those questions. I love all your posts. This one is something I have been wanting to try, but been a bit lazy about doing it. I bet it was fun to do in your hot sunny weather. It is so cold here it seems like I passed the season to do this activity. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness and for commenting and viewing my blog!

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