Melted crayon sun catchers

Thursday, January 12, 2012
We are part of an art coop with a group of other moms with kids Lincoln's age. Each week we rotate houses and do a different project. This week we hosted and the kids made these melted crayon sun-catchers. It was a quick project, which is good for short attention spans, and pretty kid friendly. Yes, it involved the use of a hot iron, but I do believe it is important for kids to use real tools under adult supervision. I think it teaches them safety and allows them more opportunities to explore when not limited to kid's tools. Teacher Tom talks about how using hot glue guns opened up new avenues of creativity with his preschool students here.

To make these sun catchers, just gather up some crayons, a pencil sharpener, waxed paper, an iron, and 2 towels (or paper bags).

Peel back the paper on the crayons and sharpen them over a plate/bowl/whatever. Group the shavings by color, if you like.
Tape a square of waxed paper to the table and allow your child to place the crayon shavings wherever he likes on top of it. Keep it to a thin layer, or the crayons won't be translucent when they melt.

 Place another square of waxed paper on top and place the squares onto an old towel.
 Place another thin towel or piece of craft paper on top of the squares (to protect your iron from melted wax!). With your iron on medium heat, press down on the waxed paper for several seconds. Check to see if the crayons melted. If not, repeat. (note: it took us about 3 passes of 5 seconds a piece)
 Peel back your towel and admire your work!
 You can cut your sun catcher into shapes (Lincoln chose a square, below). We also punched a hole and threaded yarn through to hang them, but you could just tape them to your window. Enjoy!
(and bonus! you can totally play "what do you see in the crayon a creepy snowman who is totally staring at me in the above picture. Anyone?)

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