Sunday, February 5, 2012

Crayon Shavings and Watercolors

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 These pictures were so beautiful when they were finished and they were tons of fun to make. In preparation for this project, I shaved about ten crayons with a vegetable peeler although you could also grate them with a cheese grater. 
 Because we would be using an iron, we talked about why it is not safe to touch the iron (because it's hot) and who is allowed to use it (teachers only!). Then we passed out white construction paper and the children began sprinkling crayon shavings on their papers. 
When the children were finished sprinkling, I placed a piece of waxed paper over the papers one by one. With the iron set at a low heat, I put it on top of the waxed paper for a few seconds until the crayon was melted. 

 After a few minutes of cooling, the children felt the melted wax.  
 Then we got out the watercolors and painted on and around the wax.  

 Such pretty works of art!

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