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::: melted crayon drawings

We love this great drawing activity which turns out to be a wonderful sensory one as well.

We set a warming tray onto minimum Β (warm to touch but not hot)…

and placed a piece of paper on it to warm up too.

The children had a supply of crayons of varying shapes and oil pastels to choose from.Β Then off they went.

As they drew the pastels and crayons melted and just glided acoss the apaper.

Some children still stuck with conventional drawings …

and others did the whole sensory thing and covered the whole page with luscious colour!


They look beautiful on the window …

with the sun streaming through …

a bit stained glass window like.

One thing we really loved …

was seeing the boys …

lining up to have a go.



We find we have to think outside the square sometimes in order to engage our boys in literacy …

and this activity was a real winner!

This post has been linked to For the Kids Friday Link Party over at the Sun Scholar blog.

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31 Responses to “melted crayon drawings”

  1. Bev says:

    One of my favorites! I have it on the activity list to do this week.

    ::: Ooooh have fun with it Bev … it’s irresistible for sure! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  2. Anna says:

    I’ve never come across a warming tray before. What is it really for and where can I get one?!

    ::: Ours came from ‘Aldi’ Anna and it belongs to Sherry who uses it to cook bacon and eggs for breakfast … so it’s like an electric fry pan without sides!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. Caz says:

    This is fabulous! Ive never seen this activity before, would love to try it with my girls. Thankyou for sharing!

    ::: Thanks Caz but don’t let the girls have all the fun! You should try it too. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. Narelle says:

    Wow, that looks great! I am unsure what a warmimg plate is though- I have never seen one before. Where did you get it? I have seen a similar activity done using warm rocks (warmed in the oven) which is on my “to try” list πŸ˜‰

    ::: Narelle ours was purchased from Aldi. It is like an electric hot plate … kind of like a fry pan without the deep sides! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. Mary says:

    I love it!! Where could I get a warming tray without spending a fortune or is there any other way this can be done?

    ::: Mary we would suggest you ask around as people often have these sorts of things stashed in the back of their cupboards … otherwise try “Aldi” that’s were ours came from! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  6. Bernadette says:

    I’ve never even seen a warming tray let alone this activity. Love it!!!

    ::: It’s basically an electric hot plate with a control knob Bernadette. You just need to be able to keep it down on a very low temperature. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  8. Samara says:

    Amazing as always!

    ::: Awww … thank you Samara! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  9. Louise says:

    Gorgeous effects and art creations πŸ™‚

    ::: You’re right Louise … they look and felt gorgeous to create! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  10. Louise says:

    PS Could you please point me to where the instructions on the blog are for your lovely owls?

    ::: Certainly Louise … here it is! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  11. Linda says:

    I LOVE IT! The colours are just so vibrant and gorgeous. I’m certain my students would love it too.

    ::: We reckon they’d love it too Linda! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  12. Tania says:

    Love, love, love your ideas!!!!

    ::: Love, love, love sharing them Tania! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  13. Erin says:

    Love the way this turned out.
    We had been drawing with crayons outside and came in for rest – when we went back out later in the day all the crayons had melted in the basket to make a great colourful mess. (looked great – but made me a little concerned about how hot it got!)

    ::: That happens all the time here too Errin. Many of our crayons come inside with flat bobbly ends where they’ve stuck to the bottom of containers! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  14. Rachel says:

    I bought one of these to use at my toddler group. We haven’t done it yet, but your lovely pics are making me very keen! My warming tray doesn’t have heat settings, def gets too hot, so I’m getting my little ones to wear gardening gloves (easier than oven gloves I thought). I love reading your blog, always lots of inspiration to be found!

    ::: heeheehee Rachel your garden glove idea sounds like fun! A knob to control the temperature is a really go thing but we’d love to hear if the glove idea works out. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  15. Darcey says:

    the melted crayon drawings are a great idea! This was one of my favorite posts for the week and I’ve linked up to it here:

    ::: Thanks Darcey that’s terrific! We’ll be sure to pop on over. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  16. NicoleH says:

    Love this idea. Will be out looking at Aldi for sure. Is there really no burning issue if on the low setting?

    ::: Nicole you always need to be extra careful with children and anything hot and supervise them at all times. We had no troubles with ours. it wasn’t so hot that the tray couldn’t be touched but please be very careful … enjoy! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  17. Chelsea says:

    I am not sure how I came across your blog but I have to say this is GENIUS!! What a fabulous idea, it isn’t very often I come across a completely new idea but this is definitely one I’ll be bookmarking! Thank you!!

    ::: Thank you Chelsea and welcome on board! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  18. What a fantastic idea! We’ll definitely try this one at our house! Just featured this as well! πŸ™‚

    ::: That’s great Elizabeth, thanks! It really is a load of fun. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  19. Marie says:

    This is so fun. I’ll be trying it tomorrow with my girls! And I’ve also shared it on my M&T Spotlight page:

    ::: Thanks that’s great Marie … have fun with it. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  20. MyKidsMake says:

    great idea. we will try this at our house!!!!

    ::: Have fun with it Becky! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  21. Rachel says:

    That looks like so much fun!!! I can’t wait to try it!

    I’d love to have you join in on my For the Kids Friday Link Party. Come and see all of the fun we’re having!

    ::: Thanks Rachel, we’ll do that! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  22. Rachel says:

    Thanks for sharing this post at For the Kids Fridays at SunScholars! I’ll be posting the next party later tonight. I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!

    :)rachel @

    ::: Thanks Rachel. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  23. Donna75 says:

    I love this idea and I think my Kindy kids that I have one day a week would too….we don’t have Aldi in Perth though…any other ideas on where I could get a warming tray, or an alternative way of doing it? I thought of warming a tray in the oven, but it would probably cool too quickly…

    ::: Donna you would probably get something similar in department stores like Target or Myer etc. You could try using a frying pan but I would be a little concerned about the high edges. I think you’re right about the oven tray cooling down too quickly too. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  24. Pam Ennis says:

    What a brilliant idea! This will be on our spring to do list for sure, as I also have a catering business, I already have the warming trays, now I just need to collect some old crayons. That will no doubt not be very difficult.
    I am wondering. Have you tried doing this craft on parchment paper? It’s a type of paper used for cooking, not waxed paper, but it has a different texture.

    ::: Pam, as long as the warmth from the tray can penetrate the paper and the paper doesn’t want to curl up with the heat we’re sure it would work very well. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  26. I have done a similar version of this with children of all ages. Instead of a warming plate I use a hot water bottle (filled with hot water!) with an upside down baking tray placed over the top of it. It doesn’t get too hot and the tray doesn’t cool too quickly either.
    You can replace the paper with sheets of clear acetate which gives a great stained glass effect.


    ::: Alistair what a great idea. We will definitely try that one with the children. You might also like to check out how our children drew on hot rocks … It was very cool! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  27. jacquie says:

    I have been looking for one of these warming trays in vain, and then I found a heater at an op shop which works perfectly. It is a comfortzone by thermofilm; a small panel heater with solid sides. It is about the size of A3 paper. we drew onto it directly and then put the paper on top to take a ‘print’. It cleaned up very easily, just wiping with paper towel. Thanks for all of your lovely ideas. I noticed that you went to Chifley pre-school in Canberra. That was my pre-school 40 years ago (now I feel really old!) Do you have any pics?

    ::: That little heater sounds ideal Jacquie, lucky you! We loved visiting Chifley preschool. We did a post on some of the things they made here and will show a little more on it after the school holidays … so watch this space! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  28. MissMOE says:

    I found this idea pinned to Pinterest! I love it. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

    ::: It’s really cool MissMOE … Have fun! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  29. This is such a brilliant idea. Proper messy fun! Thank you.

    ::: You really must give it a go Siobhan … It’s truly delicious! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  30. Katie says:

    Oooh! This looks like a lot of fun! I hope your warmer cleaned up okay afterwards!

    ::: Katie we line the warming tray with an old cookie tray so the warmer always survives very well. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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