::: melted hot rocks
Being a long weekend here in Victoria, Donna is holidaying at Jamieson up in the high country of Victoria with her extended family, which includes her young nieces and nephew.
Yesterday while walking along the banks of the Jamieson river, the children collected up a basketful of beautiful river rocks.
Donna thought this would be a great opportunity to give the ‘Hot Rocks’ a try. After showing the children the video from the link they agreed.
The rocks were placed inside a small toaster oven with the temperature set to 150 oC, for about 10 minutes.
They were a little too warm to handle when they first came out of the oven but it only took a minute or two for them to cool down to a safe, manegable temperature.
Using wax crayons they decorated the rocks.
As the rocks were warm …
the crayons melted and glided over them with ease.
While the winter weather here is Victoria is amazingly beautiful, the air is still very fresh and crisp.
Because of this the children delighted in handling the warm rocks outside in the cool winter sunshine.
It wasn’t long before they came up with their own ideas for decorating the rocks.
These included drawing on cold rocks.
Shaving the crayons with a bread and butter knife …
as well as a pencil sharpener …
and chopping the crayons into chucks.
All the chunks and shaving went on top of the cold rocks to be melted in the oven.
They looked so beautiful!
These techniques worked brilliantly!
Once melted and cooled …
the wax was smooth and solid … really lovely to feel
Each one was so unique!
Once again the children showed us that they really do have the best ideas!