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.
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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
- Before you turn the griddle on, cover it with aluminum foil.
- Tape the foil to areas of the plate that do not heat up. This will keep the foil from sliding.
- Turn the burner on to about 200 degrees, or just warm enough to melt the crayons (but not so hot that you scorch yourself!).
- Draw on the foil with crayons. They will melt!
- Peel the crayon paper back as needed.
- Make a print by placing a sheet of card stock or other heavy paper on the melted crayon.
- Wipe the foil clean and start all over again.
- Be safe! Use caution with hot burners.
Watch the Video
Try this project and tag your work on Instagram with #tinkerlab and #tinkerlabmeltedcrayon
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If you enjoyed this activity, check out my book, TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors, for more art, science, and tinkering experiments for kids.