Teaching and learning from preschoolers.
"Dad, why can't you be normal?"
"He is normal. The word you're looking for is average."
Imaginative beyond words. What a delight for these children.
What a lot of fun!It appears that you and your children have a truly experimental spirit!Brenda
Tom- We had GREAT fun with this concept, but really adapted it - http://www.childcentralstation.com/2011/09/heat-is-on-melted-crayon-art.htmlWe have also been blowing all kinds of other paints around with the blow dryer. I'm sure I'll have A LOT more to share when I come back from my blogging break :).
Similar in some ways to your activity with a tool. 30 years ago I used a food warming tray (set on medium) and covered it with foil. My children drew pictures on the foil with odd old bits of crayon. Once these melted, (and this happens quickly) they placed a white sheet of paper, folded in half, on top of the marble colored goo, and produced a greeting card for Mom, Dad or friend. I did this in a classroom with two teachers so that it was well supervised. The young kids came to the activity area one or two or three at a time as they completed other work.Since then, my daughter has done the same activity with her kids.
Tom, You are The. Coolest. Preschool. Teacher. Mentor. Creativity - Facilitator. EVER. My girls wish they went to your preschool, even "E" and she's in third grade! Love they way you made this project even more kid friendly. : ) xoxoPink and Green Mama,MaryLea
I had to laugh as I had also seen the images floating around Pintrest this summer, but felt that this would not be quite right for our Pre-Ks as it was unlike the art they typically create.Last week, we asked the kids to pick crayons (in sets of two) and glue them onto "anyplace" on a large (2'x3') canvas. We then each took turns melting the wax of a set of crayons (not necessarily the ones they glued on).It was a great group project. Thanks to this post, I am now going to follow up with a Crayon Splattering REVISITED in our class by giving them the option of making their own prints as you did with your kids. As always, great idea!
I sat, listened, and shared many stories with Utah Philips in our home of Nevada City, CA.What a great man, and great quote. Normal is a silly thing to strive for. Keep up the amazing work Tom! :)Your long distance admirer!
I've seen many versions of this project over the past few months but I LOVE how you gave each child the chance to do it themselves. Their finished products are fabulous and I am sure they enjoyed doing it so much more than if you had done all the set up work so that it would look "pretty".Great work (as usual)! :)- Gina
Love it Tom! I am planning to try this soon with our class but yours will be hard to beat:)
Hey this looks fun, fun, fun! I've also used surplus wax crayons as colourful dyes for making candles - the sort where you melt paraffin wax in a tin with the crayons and then dip the wick in repeatedly. Works wonderfully well on a cold day .
i wish my kids went to your school. i wonder how i could recreate this without a hot glue gun?
Tom, once again you've done it! Now I might actually try this. The mess factor will be a challenge in our setting but I can work that out. I thought you might be interested - somewhere on the internet I read about putting peeled crayons directly through a glue gun. It might be worth testing out.
Tom, I actually did this with my kids for Christmas gifts for parents. I got 5X7 Dollar Store canvases and we used rulers to hold the crayons down while the kids held the blow dryers. They LOVED it!! Especially shooting the crayons flying all off the tables....I ended up with lots of melted crayon on my clothes, everywhere!! One of my little guys who does NOT like art spent at least 20 minutes at the table using all the blow dryers. His little canvas was completely covered. He was so proud of himself!!Our local church has an art gallery and I have been collecting pieces of art so we can create a gallery showing in the Spring hopefully. For this, I used a 16X20? sized canvas and the kids have been adding more and more layers to them. It is fun to watch these artists as they purposely set out with a plan in mind and then the next day someone else adds color and then melts what was there before. These are amazing pieces!!I love gathering your ideas....Take care,Alexis
glad to have found your site. I'd like to do this with an after school program I work with, but like you we can't afford canvases for everyone. I was looking for someone who did it on plain old paper. I think I'll give it a try maybe outside.
It is very amazing post for children.Good work.Keep it up
I'm going to try this outside this summer. I've been seeing it everywhere for months. What I want to do, is experiment with the sun melting the crayons. If we set it up, how long does it take for the sun to melt the wax? Does it even work via the heat from the sun? Thanks for the good info about the splattering too. Good stuff!
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