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Baked Crayon Art – Children and Art – by S.A. Barone

CHILDREN AND ART – by S.A. Barone

Art Project for young children

Baked Crayon Art

I’ve done many different crayon art projects with my kids and my classes; however, this one is crayon art with a twist:  instead of drawing or coloring in a book with them these wonderful colorful crayons will be baked.  Crayon wax creates vibrant pools that anyone would love to mix, swirl and create a fun and fascinating design.  The beauty of this project is that any old, broken, worn down crayons can be used.

You can actually do this project on a very hot summer day.  Instead of using your oven and warming up your house you can bake the crayons outside.

YOU WILL NEED:

Old crayon stubs, (remove the paper wrappings around the crayons)

Matte board or cardboard

Cookie sheet covered with tin foil

Pebbles, shells, felt squares, pieces of wood, leaves, whatever is interesting to the kids.

Oven or a hot summer day

Craft sticks or coffee stir sticks

Put the matte board or cardboard on the foil-covered cookie sheet

Place the peeled crayons on the matte or cardboard, wherever the kids want.

Add your gathered items, pebbles, shells, wood, leaves, etc., in and around the crayons.

Place the cookie sheet either in a 250 degree oven for about ten to twelve minutes, or leave it in the hot sun to melt.

Remove the sheet from the oven or from outside.

After the cookie sheet has cooled enough to be handed safely, have the kids carefully push and swirl the melted crayon wax with the craft sticks to create a fun design before the wax begins to harden.

Let their designs cool completely.  Carefully remove it from the cookie sheet, and enjoy their masterpieces.

Have fun and keep creating.

S. A. Barone

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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