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Re: tons of old crayons...

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MaryAnn Kohl (maryann)
Fri, 25 Jun 99 09:23:39 -0700

Chochip1 Chochip1 6/24/99 5:53 PM

> but I teach k-5, so ideas involving melting the crayons to attach
>them to themselves won't work at my level... any thoughts on the subject?

Here are a few crayon ideas from some of my books (mostly from Scibble
1. Grate crayons on an old cheese grater, and use like glitter in any art
project. Here's an old standby project: sprinkle grated crayon between
sheets of wax paper and iron gently/low heat. Adult does the ironing.
Other things can be ironed in with the crayon, like bits of lace or
confetti. I like using wax sandwich bags for this....three sides are

2. I work with k-5, and if you work with a small group of 6 or less, the
crayons can be kept melted in a muffin tin on an electric warming tray
(or an electric frying pan), and they can "paint" (encaustic paint) with
the liquid crayon on heavy paper with old brushes. It looks like oil
paint! These brushes will always be used for this project henceforth. Use
a little duct tape to hold the muffin tin to the warming tray. If you
work with small groups, safety is easily controlled.

3. Melt crayon stubs in a muffin tin in the oven, just until soft and
squishy but not liquid. Then put in freezer until hard and cool, then pop
out. (Or cool without the freezer....on a counter top is fine.) I call
these "Scribble Cookies" (like the title of my first book, first
edition), or color muffins, or crayon cookies, etc. I like to break them
in half ... great for crayon rubbings. You can melt them in the muffin
cups as mixed colors (rainbow) or solid colors. Remember to peel the
paper first!

4. I use this is preschool as well as kindergarten on up. One kid per
Go to the Goodwill or garage sales and find "warming trays". THey were
big in the 70's as wedding gifts! They will cost about $2. I have about
six of them which I line up (and plug in) on a long table. <<Kids can
handle this!! I have NEVER had a child burn himself... though I burned my
own knuckles once. Not bad though.>> Place a sheet of copier paper on
the tray. Put an oven mitt on the NON coloring hand to hold the paper.
Draw and color with the other hand with peeled crayons. They melt as the
kids color. Soak into the paper and make it transparent. You can also
draw on paper plates (nice edge to hold) or any other paper.
Alternative: draw directly on the warming tray, then press a piece of
paper into the crayon to lift a print. To clean the tray, rub the WARM
tray with a paper towel. Ready for the next artist! Some people like to
cover the tray in foil and draw on that, but it isn't necessary.

MaryAnn F. Kohl (WA)