Friday, September 9, 2011

Griddle Crayon Art

 I sure I'm not the only mom who stocks up school supplies when back to school season rolls around. As soon as I see the .25 and .40 cent crayons, I go a little crazy and start throwing tons of boxes in my cart....because who doesn't love getting 24 of something for so cheap! So when I get home with all my pretty boxes of nice, new, unbroken crayons, I have to figure out what to do with the old broken ones.I just can't throw them away, even though I only paid .40 cents for them and surely got my money's worth out of them last year! If you are looking for something to do with your old crayons, this is the perfect craft to make with your kiddos to keep those crayons out of the trash and add a little bit of fun decor to your fridge {or art clothesline/wall}!
 Start by peeling the paper off of your old crayons. This is a great task for the kiddos to do while you get everything else set up:)
 Next get out your griddle {or a hot plate would work too} and a box a aluminum foil.

Tear off a couple pieces of foil big enough to cover your griddle. This is to protect your griddle from stray/runaway crayons:) I used three pieces just to be safe, but if you are using heavy duty foil one piece is probably enough. After the griddle is covered with foil, turn your griddle on low to warm up. When you get started, you may need to adjust the heat up some just be sure to not make it too hot!
To make things easier, cut your paper to the same size as your griddle. The sides of the griddle will help keep the paper in place. You could also use a small piece of tape to keep the paper in place just be careful not to tear your foil when you remove the tape.
 Hand your kiddo the crayons...
 ...warn them not to touch the HOT griddle {and supervise them closely}...
 ...then let them create!
Eli had a blast gliding the crayons over the warm paper and we even managed to come away with a pretty cute work of art. We added a few stems and leaves, and turned his orange 'scribbles' into a pumpkin family perfect for fall decorating!
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17 comments:

laxsupermom said...

Love this! My griddle happens to be out this morning, and my boys have off of school again(flooding.) This sounds like a perfect activity for my Snuggle Bunny. Thanks for sharing.

Kerry Rossow said...

These are fantastic shots!
Happy Fall, Y'all! Love it.
Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

CM said...

That turned out great! Way cute.

Fall already? How did that happen!

Cheryl E. said...

What a cool idea. Wish my son was old enough for this.

Dee said...

What a fun idea! I'm going to do this!

Nichol said...

Such a cute idea. We always melt broken crayons in the oven in muffin tins for new crayons but this sounds fun! Love the art:)

Karie @ The HoB said...

Fun art project with the kiddos! Love your blog! I have two boys 5 and 2 and can relate to a lot of your posts!!

Darcie said...

Very interesting...never heard of this, but VERY cool. Fall is the best!!!

Kelli said...

I love that last picture with his little pumpkins. This is such a fun idea. We are constantly throwing out old crayons with new ones...those back to school sales are great.

Foursons said...

Eli is getting so big! Again- my kids are so deprived. They've never used crayons on a hot griddle.

Jordan McCollum said...

Fun! My kids did something like this last year at our city festival. The lady doing it had a hot metal griddle and the kids colored on it with crayons, then stuck the paper on the melted crayons.

The lady blended the colors on the plate, too. It was very cool. I bet you could do that on the foil (if you're careful!).

Erin said...

Totally cool! My kids would think this was a blast!

Paula said...

This sounds like a fun kid activity and a good way to use up old crayons.

Kelly said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Patricia L said...

Well, now that's just neat. I'm going to have to give this a whirl with the kiddos!

Laura said...

Fantastic shots!



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Carrie H said...

Awesome! I'm going to try this tonight with my 8 year olds. They LOVE anything crafty!

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