Shapes Bubble Wrap Painting

Shapes Bubble Wrap Painting by Crayon Box Chronicles

Pop, pop, pop! Let’s paint with bubble wrap today! This activity makes learning shapes fun! Plus, a quick lesson is color recognition, tracing, and cutting! Not only is it fun, but its a great sensory experience too.  This would make a super fun Valentines Day craft too – heart bubble wrap painted cards. Continue reading

Foil Paint Art

Foiling Art Painting @ Crayon Box Chronicles

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Calling all artists! Pack up the paper and pull out the foil and dish soap and let’s paint! Utilizing household materials is such a fun way to create something beautiful! Plus, it teaches the kiddos to conserve, reuse, and to look at things in a different way.  This is another addition to our homemade fun series! Continue reading

Tree Cork & Utensil Painting

Tree Cork & Utensil Painting @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Autumn — colorful foliage, spicy aromas, warm apple cider, and sensory heaven! On this cold winter afternoon (not here, but still), let’s adventure back in time to a beautiful fall day and create a tree — cork and spatula style! Dig into your utensil drawer and pull out a spatula, slotted spoon, old corks, and let’s paint! Continue reading

Simple Muffin Crayons

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I love recycled crayon crafts or maybe just crayons! Muffin crayons are a simple, fast craft that all ages can benefit from ― even better.  Of course, adult supervisor is required, especially with the little ones.  This is a parent and child activity.

MaterialsNeeded

  • crayon scraps, non-toxic only
  • muffin liners or cooking spray (we used liners)
  • muffin tin

Next

1.  Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.

2.  Collect all your broken crayons, peel the remaining paper off, and sort the pieces by color.

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3.  Break crayons into small pieces, roughly 1″ or shorter. (Tip: we did longer pieces and it wasn’t as swirled, so shorter is better.)

4.  Spray tin with cooking spray, this will give you a smoother finish, more “puck” like or line with cupcake wrappers. We uses liners, but as you see, the edges are rougher.

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5.  Next divide your crayons into each muffin slot. (Tip: limit the color selection in each slot to 3 colors. Anything more than that will create an unattractive brown color.)

6.  Fill your muffin tin about 1/2 full, equivalent to four crayons per muffin tin.  We only did 2, so they are much thinner.

7.  Place the muffin tin in the oven for 5-8 minutes or until the crayons are completely melted. Watch closely, they melt fast.

8.  Take them out of the oven once melted (parent), then stir each tin with a toothpick to swirl the crayons.

9.  Let them cool completely in the pan, crayons will be extremely hot! Then turn the tin over and pop the new fun crayons out of the tin!

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C loved them! Although he’s 3 and still tried to put them in his mouth, so be careful.

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They do resemble cookies, well sort of, lol! 😉

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Mix it up: Paint With Ice (Update)

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Put away your paint brushes and open up the freezer, its ice painting time!  Painting with ice helps kids practice their color recognition and counting skills while observing paint go from a liquid state to a solid state, then back to liquid again.

As your child paints, discuss the process of freezing. What happened to the paint when they put it in the freezer? What’s happening to the paint when it’s exposed to the warm air and paper? What does the paint feel like as it melts?

Materials:

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What’s Next:

First, pour the paint into the ice-cube tray.  I had C identify each color and it’s placement (shh, another lesson).  For a harder challenge, mix colors and have your child identify combinations.

Then I had him put a craft stick into the middle of each paint cube.

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The sticks should be able to stand up on their own, but if they won’t stay up, try covering the tray in plastic wrap. Then poke the sticks through the wrap for extra stability. Tip: Michaels sells short sticks, which would stand solo better, but for C’s grip, we choose longer sticks.

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Tip: Fill cubes going horizontally, originally I did it diagonally and it was hard to work with the plastic wrap.  Wrap just two colors at a time across from each other, it’s easier. 🙂

Next, have your child carefully place the ice-cube trays in the freezer, and let it sit until the paint is frozen solid. When the paint cubes are frozen, it’s time to paint! Also, try to freeze only yellow and red paint cubes, and let your child discover what results from using those colors together. As they melt, the paints will magically mix into orange! Discuss fun science facts along the way to spark their curiosity while having fun!

That’s as far as we got today, so stay tuned for C’s mini Picasso masterpiece!

UPDATE: Pictures are in …

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Tips:

  • To remove the cubes, use a butter knife (parent) and score the edges – top, bottom, left, right and it should pop out.
  • When making the cubes, make sure the stick is as close to the center as possible.  It helps it from not breaking as quick when the paint starts to melt.
  • When finished if you have paint left on a stick, put it back in the tray and re-freeze it for later!

We had a blast painting! The colors are really vibrant and thick, once they start to melt a bit.  Plus, when we mixed them together, it’s like magic! Have fun! I’d love to hear your experiences!

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