Saturday, September 24, 2011

ABC Crayons

Within one months time we've now done two projects that involve melting crayons.
While we've been learning that there are 26 letters in the alphabet, that they come in uppercase and lowercase form, that they make sounds and form words, and that our names are made up of letters; this project just really fit in.  

It doubled as another science project too.
You could also use this as a recycling project. 
(I didn't think of this till now but it would be great for that theme.)

Supplies: broken crayons, abc silicone trays (purchased through amazon) and an oven

1. Peel the wrappers off of old broken crayons. (   I   My husband and I did this the night before. It's time consuming.)

2.  Let the kids put colors into the first letter of their name. Fill it all the way up. They can use any mixture of colors. We talked about the shapes of the crayons before the project. We also talked about our last crayon melting project and made guesses about what would happen if we put these in the oven.

3.  Put in oven at 250 degrees for about 10 minutes or until all liquid. I have found that the cheap brands of crayons don't work as well for some reason. The wax is different.

4.  Let them cool. After completely dry pop them out.
We did it at the end of the day so our friends will get their letter when they come back to school.
I did the other letters so we could have some to use in our art center.

(This wasn't  a project where extra hands were available for taking pictures. Hot oven and hot wax didn't leave room for picture taking.)

This is also a great project to do at home with your kids.
We did this several years ago for my sons class as a Christmas project.
We gave each child a Christmas coloring page and the crayon for their name.
You could make a complete set to go with a new coloring book for a great gift idea too.
If you could get your trays clean enough it would be fun to have abc ice cubes too.
(I might have to try this.)
Lots of ideas.
Have fun with the idea.
(Originally this idea came from the blog Whatever several years ago.)

- Mrs. Nicole

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