Children help make homemade crayons to create colorful rainbow writing. Submitted by guest blogger and teacher- Cristina Luther
What You Need: old wax crayons, muffin pans
For this activity, I had four children, ages three and under, from my daycare participate. Each child helped me locate broken crayons in our drawing drawer. While preheating the oven to 300 degrees, I removed the paper from the crayon chunks.
The chunks were placed in the cups of an old muffin tin. Each cup was filled about half way. I had the children arrange the chunks in any way they wished. Prior to placing the tin in the oven, I turn the heat completely off. The tin was put in the oven and left in until the oven had almost completely cooled. After letting the tin cool off on the counter for 20 minutes, we moved the pans to the refrigerator.
After another 20 minutes, the wax had hardened enough for the crayons to be removed. Each child immediately took the crayons they had created and began doodling on their papers.
Play to Write! The children absolutely loved that they could make their own crayons. They enjoyed finding the broken crayons in the drawer and sorting them while I removed the papers. Each child chose which colors they liked most. Their favorite part of the activity was getting to actually use their creation. They did not quite understand that they would be making something that they could actually use until I handed them their papers and asked them to draw. Because of the laughs and giggles this activity was responsible for, I plan on doing it again soon!