Do you have a lot of broken, short crayons? Put them to good use by letting the kids create unique artwork through this CRAYON MELTING ART activity. It’s a fun and easy-to-do process art activity for kids and science experiment in one.
What is Process Art?
Process Art is open-ended art. It allows kids to create artwork without an end goal in mind. It is unstructured and free flowing. And because of that, these types of art activities for kids allow them to express themselves and stretch their imaginations.
Crayon Melting Art
Crayon Melting Art Materials:
- Broken, short crayons
- Paper or canvas
- Blow dryer
Crayon Melting Art Preparation:
Shave, grate or smash crayons into smaller pieces. We decided to grate some crayons with an old cheese grater (which will not be used with food anymore). And we smashed others using the back of a measuring cup.
Crayon Melting Art Activity:
- Let your child apply glue all over their piece of paper.
- Encourage your child to create their own artwork using the grated and smashed crayons.
- When they are done, apply heat from a blow dryer. Tip: When you first turn the blow dryer on, hold it a distance first, approximately one foot away. This ensures that the small pieces don’t go rolling or flying off in case the crayons did not adhere to the glue well. As the crayons start to melt, you can position the blow dryer closer to make the crayons melt faster.
Encourage your child to hold the blow dryer to melt the crayons themselves. Let them observe what happens to the crayons. Some observations from my 4 & 6-year olds…
- It’s melting!
- It’s becoming liquid
- The bigger pieces take longer to melt
- When I hold the blow dryer this way (at an angle), the liquid moves
In short, this crayon melting art activity turns into a science experiment as well. First hand, they witness something solid turn into liquid when heat is applied. Also, the process art activity continues on with the actual melting of crayons, because they know that they can still alter the artwork by letting the melted crayons spread or run to different directions as they manipulate the blow dryer’s air flow.
Did this Crayon Melting Art activity and science experiment sound interesting for your kids?
Here are more process art activities that you can do with crayons….
Scratch Art Paper for Kids from Powerful Mothering
Melted Crayon Art from Mum in the Mad House
Crayon Smash Artwork from Peakle Pie
Crayon Shaving Sun Catchers from Rainy Day Mum
7 Lessons I Learned from Coloring on Walls (Crayon Process Art) from Preschool Powol Packets
Clay Rainbow Fish Using Wax Crayon Shavings from Adventures of Adam
Simple Invitation to Draw with Crayons at an Easel from Stir the Wonder
Colourful Melted Crayon Window Shade from One Time Through