Free Art Friday !
Free Art or Open Ended Art is crucial! Kids need to be able to have no boundaries and simply create. I get asked often how I schedule my son’s learning and really I don’t have a strict schedule. We play and the learning comes from that most of the time- I throw in crafts every second day or so and we read all the time. Crayons, markers, paper and stickers are always available for easy creations. Today we didn’t make a craft we made the materials, recycled crayons. It’s easy and fun. You may notice a change in my son from the making to the using, we popped out and got a hair cut, and sucker !
- Gather your materials. You need orange crayons, a single black crayon, muffin tin and non stick spray.
- Pre-heat your oven to 250.
- Peel the paper off your crayons.
- Break your orange crayons into little pieces, easily the favorite step for my son.
- Pop them into the greased muffin tin.
- Into the oven it took about 10 minutes to melt. While it melts, peel and break the black crayon into small bits.
- Add small bits of the black crayons to the orange. I tried to make a face but it didn’t work- you could use shavings and place them as the crayons are cooling.
- Pop back into the oven for a few minutes.
- Swirl the wax and let cool.
- Tip if the crayons aren’t releasing from the muffin tin , put them in the freezer for a few minutes and they will pop right off.
- Now it’s time for fun – use the crayons for some free art! My son was excited to use the crayons HE made !
- If you can’t tell that is a pumpkin and goblin eating a string cheese. As per my son’s explanation! Have fun !
I have made recycled crayons before – and I got a little addicted to doing them and made a million for Christmas presents but yesterday was the first time I did it without using an oven. The heatwave on the west coast was in full swing and I decided to try something new… and it worked!
- Gather your materials. You will need some crayons, aluminum foil, cookie cutters, a paper plate and a very hot sunny spot.
- Start by peeling and breaking your crayons into small pieces. I left some chunky bits because it was well over 100 and figured it would be fine, if the day was cooler I’d used shavings to melt faster.
- Cover the plate in aluminum foil
- Place the plate with the cookie cutters in a sunny spot
- Add the broken crayons
- Wait- in 100+ heat this took an hour to melt, but I had lots of really big pieces.
- Yay they melted!
- Let cool inside, then pop out of the cookie cutters. Mine slid right out, I just broke off the little bit of extra that slipped out on the bottom.
- Color on scrap paper for a truly eco friendly activity!
- Gather your materials. You will need some crayons ( about 4-5 per mold), an oven , disposable muffin liners, and a candy mold. I bought this candy mold from Micahel’s for less than $2 !
- Take the paper off the crayons, and break them into smaller pieces. Place them in a muffin tin .
- Pour into the mold and let sit for an hour or until it’s cool. I used a cookie rack under the mold to keep it stable.
- Pop out of the mold.
- Get drawing !