Today I came home from an errand and Flor, the best nanny on the planet, had set the girls up with melted crayon art. I know, she’s amazing. I have been wanting to try melting crayon art forever. A friend from work even gave me a little canvas and crayon kit to try it out and somehow it never made it home. Thanks to Flor, my girls got to experiment with the blow dryer and watch the crayons as they melted down the paper. There are many ways to do this. I love this simple set up for toddlers. All you need are some crayons, a piece of paper, some white glue and a blow dryer and you’re all set.
Glue some crayons to the paper and let them dry. Make sure to glue them on the crayon wrapper, not the wax, since that will melt. Lean the paper up on something so the crayons can melt down the paper. Don’t forget a little tarp or plastic underneath your paper or you’ll have a big mess. Hold the blow dryer an inch or so away and watch the crayons melt. My girls especially liked touching the melted crayons after they were dry. They tried picking them off the paper but I wanted to hang this one up for a bit so I swiped it before they did any major damage. You’ve got to be quick with these kids. Thank you for this super fun science and art experiment Flor!!! You’re amazing, as usual. ps Gigi does everything in a crown these days.
Isn’t it pretty? Plus, you can have some really great science discussions through the process. Art and science is a great combo! I spend a lot of time doing art with my girls. Click here to read 10 Art Secrets Every Parent Should Know. For more great art ideas for toddlers and preschoolers you can download this awesome ebook I contributed to with 25 other awesome arts and craft bloggers. Here’s the direct link and you can read more about it here.