My mom recently bought the kids a new book, The Day the Crayons Quit, and after spending a few nights giggling about the story the kids and I decided it would be fun to make a crayon inspired craft. Do you remember making wax paper melted crayon art as a kid? I decided to pull this classic craft out from the childhood archives and dust it off for my little ones. We had such a blast and it was a fun tie in to the book we’ve been reading on repeat at bedtime Do your kids do that too? Mine want to read the same book over and over again at bedtime, good thing this is a cute story!
If you haven’t heard of the book The Day the Crayons Quit you should definitely find a copy, or better yet enter to win one below! It’s an adorable story that follows a group of crayons who each have their own reasons for going on strike. Green is mad he’s only used for grass, pink is mad she is never used, and blue is tired of only coloring in the sky and so on. It’s a playful and imaginative story that makes my kids giggles every time we read it. Plus, we’ve found all kinds of learning opportunities and teaching moments to talk about, why it’s important not to quit, how you can make others feel useful and important, being creative and thinking outside the box and so much more.
Today after school when the kids got home I asked them each to tell me their favorite color. Once they did I told them to go upstairs and change into something that had their favorite color and to meet me back downstairs for a party with the crayons. After reading the story we decided the crayons simply couldn’t quit, what would we do if we had nothing to make our stories more colorful and our homework more fun?!? So we decided we would use all of our crayons to make pretty artwork to convince the crayons not to quit.
- Wax Paper
- Cheese Grater (I bought small handheld ones from the DollarStore)
- Old Dish Towel
Steps to create your own Wax Paper Melted Crayon Art:
Peel the wrapper off of the crayons
Help your kids grate their crayons onto a sheet of wax paper with the cheese grater
After you have created a colorful masterpiece lay another piece of wax paper on top of the shaved crayons
Place the wax paper on top of an old dish towel and then cover the top with another dish towel. With your iron on low gently press and iron the wax paper until the crayon shavings begin to melt
Set aside and let it cool, once it is cool draw your favorite shape with a magic marker, use scissors to cut out your shape
All of our crayons were super happy to be included in this fun art project and my kids thought this simple craft was awesome! So crayons if you are listening “Don’t Quit, We Love You!”
Ok, now for the fun part. All month long from 9/2-9/30 Penguin Kids is hosting a “Support the Crayons” Sweepstakes. We will be supporting our favorite crayons and hope you will too, visit the Support the Crayons Pinterest page for details! And because we love this book so much we are giving away 3 copies, plus one lucky winner will get a $25 gift card to Michael’s to help you create your own crayon art project! Enter with the Rafflecopter Widget below for your chance to win, giveaway ends at 11:59 Tuesday, September 16, 2014.