Summer Activity: Melted Crayon Art

This is a very versatile activity.  You can incorporate different aspects of science into it, while making some pretty cool creative art.

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Canvas ( any size you wish)


Hair Dryer

Glue Gun

Towel/Cloth (to keep things clean)

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1. Hot glue crayons on canvas.  On one canvas I created a rainbow.  On the other I made a pattern with the crayons in the shape of a sun.  This is where you can let your child’s imagination run wild!  There are so many different designs and color schemes they can decide to do.  Buy more than one canvas to let them try different things.

2. Place the canvas on top of a towel or cloth to keep your surface area clean.

3. Begin to run your hair dryer over the crayons.  It will only take a few seconds for the crayons to begin to melt.

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Your child will get to experiment with heat, wind, and colors!  This activity can be done when discussing weather.  You can also discuss cause and effect by asking your child what they think will happen.

Questions to ask your child:

What will happen when we face the hair dryer up?  Down? To the side?

Will the colors blend to make new colors?

How long do you think it will take for the wax to dry?

At what temperature will crayons melt?  (105 Degrees F they will soften.  Between 128 Degrees F and 145 Degrees F they will melt)

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This project is really fun and cheap.  You can use old crayons and I bought the canvas when they were on sale at the art store (2 for $3.00).  In a classroom setting this project is perfect for a center.  The children can work on it all day, taking turns (I would recommend Kindergarten and older in a classroom setting, because of the heat element).  It ends up looking like real works of art!  Have your child sign them and give them as presents to family members.  Grandmas and Grandpas would love to get this as a gift!

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  1. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. You can check out my post for more information.

  2. I’ve been reading about melted crayons but have not had the courage to try it yet. Yours look so beautiful that I’m so tempted to just go try! The one in the shape of the sun looks especially lovely! Like fireworks! I think my boys will like to give it a try. 🙂

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