Who knew you could learn so much from a little boy with a purple crayon?!
Posted on November 5, 2 Comments This whole melting-crayons thing is all over the internet right now. On Facebook, on Pinterest, I have seen it just about everywhere. I have also seen all different variations on this project: I, of course, took my own variation on it.
First of all, I wanted to be sure each child had the opportunity to experience this science-art hands-on. Which meant they would not just watch the crayons melt, but they would make it happen.
Second, I wanted the children to choose their crayons to put more free-choice into the project. However, we did have a large bag of used crayons on hand at the preschool, and there is always plenty of construction paper.
We talked a lot about crayons and colors. Also, since we are a Catholic Christian School, we did a lesson that day about something else that is made of wax and begins with C — candles.
They learned about and saw first hand what candles are used for in church. Back to the crayons. This time, I pulled out a crayon and we talked about it. Is it a liquid or a solid? What happens to wax when it gets hot? Sure enough, the wax started to drip.
We told the children we would be doing art and science at the same time. At free play time, we set up two hair dryers, one for each side of our easel we discovered very quickly that we needed to plug them into different outlets if we wanted the both to be running at the same time!
That way two children could work at once. We let the kids choose about four or five crayons and tape them to the top of the paper. We did not mess around with hot glue or anything like that. As long as the crayons still had paper on them, the tape worked just fine. We put the crayons at the top to get the full effect of the dripping.
Some used both thick and thin crayons and noticed they melted at different speeds. They noticed different colors melted faster than others. They even noticed certain crayons the cheap ones although colored, melted clear.
The children also had a lot of fun color mixing with paint at the art table. How did it work out in your classroom or home? Post your comments and let me know your tips and suggestions!This website and its content is subject to our Terms and Conditions.
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