How to Make Melted Crayon Art

How to make melted crayon art

Today I’m sharing how to make melted crayon art. This fun STEAM project combines the art of drawing with the reaction of crayons melting on a warm griddle.

Scroll down to watch a video of the process in action.

How to make melted crayon art

Supplies

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Hot Plate: We use Cool Touch Electric Griddle
Crayons: We like Crayola, especially when they’re free from a restaurant, but you could try any crayon.
Aluminum Foil: Use 2 layers of regular foil (in case it rips) or one layer of heavy duty foil.
Paper Towels: To clean the surface between layers

How to make melted crayon art  with a griddle

Steps

  1. Before you turn the griddle on, cover it with aluminum foil.
  2. Tape the foil to areas of the plate that do not heat up. This will keep the foil from sliding.
  3. Turn the burner on to about 200 degrees, or just warm enough to melt the crayons (but not so hot that you scorch yourself!).
  4. Draw on the foil with crayons. They will melt!
  5. Peel the crayon paper back as needed.
  6. Make a print by placing a sheet of card stock or other heavy paper on the melted crayon.
  7. Wipe the foil clean and start all over again.
  8. Be safe! Use caution with hot burners.

How to make melted crayon art  with a hot plate

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Spring Activities for Kids

I’ve mined the TinkerLab archives for some of our very favorite spring activities for kids. These projects, crafts, and activities will help get children outside and into the fresh air, while celebrating the earth through a variety of lenses.

Enjoy!

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Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. Margaret Mead

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

-Margaret Mead

I love this quote, don’t you? It reminds me of the old tale about how you can lead a horse to water but you can’t teach it to drink. Today I’m sharing a short roundup of some of my favorite TinkerLab posts that talk about how we can encourage children to think for themselves, follow their own interests, and explore the ideas that inspire their curiosities.

Enjoy!

Rachelle

Eight Ways to Follow a Child’s Curiosities

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Documenting your child’s passions

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Powdered Milk Paint Recipe for Kids

Powdered Milk Paint Recipe | TinkerLab

Homemade paints are awesome and this Powdered Milk Paint Recipe is gorgeous for kid-made paintings. 

Why you’ll love it:

The paint is easy to make, teaches children to be resourceful makers, the consistency is similar to tempera paint, and it’s inexpensive. 

Homemade milk paint with powdered milk | TinkerLab

Ingredients: Powdered Milk Paint Recipe

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Directions

Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl

Add food coloring or liquid watercolors until you have the right intensity

Paint!

The paint’s consistency is similar to tempera paint. Use it on card stock paper or cardboard for the best results.

I’ve had people ask me if there’s a milky smell to this paint, but that hasn’t been my experience. And once the paint dries you can’t smell it at all.

 Make your own milk paint with kids | TinkerLab

Shelf Life

Cover and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

 

How to make your own powdered milk paint | TinkerLab

More Homemade Paint Recipes

Puffy Sparkle Paint: Made from salt, flour, and water. My most popular paint recipe.

Sweetened Condensed Milk Paint: This sticky paint dries with a beautiful sheen.

Invisible Ink: Made from citrus juice, use this with little detectives.

Bubble Paint: A mixture of dish soap, water, and tempera paint, blow bubbles directly into the paint and then make gorgeous prints.

Finger Paint: A simple recipe of flour and water, heated over the stove, this goopy paint feels great on the hands.

Egg Tempera Paint: This very easy paint, made from egg yolks, dries with a beautiful sheen and can teach kids about how Renaissance artists painted.

Microwave Puffy Paint: Squeeze this paint onto paper and then pop the artwork in the microwave for a puffy result.

Pin it!

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Pipe Cleaner Ornaments for Christmas

Pipe Cleaner Ornaments for Christmas | TinkerLab

Your child can make these easy pipe cleaner ornaments for Christmas.

You can either set this project up for your child or class, or gather a set of supplies to create an easy homemade crafting kit like this for DIY Pipe Cleaner Ornaments.

You only need two supplies: pipe cleaners and beads with holes that are large enough to slip onto the pipe cleaner. These are easy enough for toddlers and are wonderful for building skills of hand-eye coordination, fine motor, and pattern recognition.

Supplies: Pipe Cleaner Bead Ornaments

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Directions

  • Choose a pipe cleaner
  • Sting the beads onto the pipe cleaner until it’s roughly 1/3 full of beads
  • Move all the beads to the middle of the pipe cleaner
  • Create a circle of beads
  • Twist the pipe cleaner to secure the top of the circle
  • Make a hook
  • Hang it on your tree

 

chenille stem ornament kids

Ages: Toddler+

Skills: Hand-eye coordination, Pattern Recognition, Fine Motor

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