Saturday, February 5, 2011

Heart Shaped Crayons: Kids Craft Project #25 of 300 Crafts for Kids

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #25: Heart Shaped Crayons
Crafts for all abilities! 
for Ages 3 Years and Up (with adult assistance)

A Perfect Gift for Valentine's Day
So easy, fast, and beautiful! YES, they work as crayons!
Thanks to many Moms and Crafters who had versions of  this project for broken crayons!

Supplies Needed:
  • Broken Crayons
  • Baking Pan with Heart Shaped Molds (silicone or metal)
  • 250° Oven
  • Oven Mitts
Time Needed: 10 minutes plus cooking & cooling time 

What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 250°
  2. Peel the crayons. There should be no paper on them at all.
  3. Break Crayons into small pieces. Try for about 1" pieces.
  4. Put Crayons into the heart shaped molds (you do not need any non-stick spray)
    HINT: You can arrange them randomly or try to keep the same color families together. Why not try both and see how you like them!

    We only had enough crayons to fill 2 heart molds. If you have any empty molds in your pan carefully pour some water into the EMPTY ONES only.
    We used the larger heart molds. Next time we'll use the smaller WIlton silicone heart pans to get smaller crayons.
    Close up! We randomly put our colors together
  5. ADULT ONLY! Place in 250° oven for 10 minutes.
    HINT: Crayons should be 90-95% melted. It's ok if they aren't completely melted. If you keep them in too long they can come out looking completely brown.
    The melting begins!

    Time to get out of the oven!
  6. ADULT ONLY! Remove from oven using oven mitts.
    HINT: The side of the crayons you're looking at isn't nearly as colorful as the other side!
    The other side looks much better. You have to wait to see!
  7. Allow to cool for ½ hour.
  8. Just press the edge of one of your crayon hearts and it should easily slide out
    ENJOY! You're done!

    When cooled you'll see that it pulls away from the side of the pan.
    So easy to remove! What a relief!

    After they're cooled, just press and they pop out!

  9. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us! Giveaway is randomly selected.
    OH! I love these!
    Just precious as a gift to another child! They color beautifully too!
Why We Love Crafts for Kids: Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity. 

Peeling the crayons can be difficult depending on the brand of crayon! You might have to do most of this part. 

Let your child break the crayons. Most kids love this! 

Leave the oven light on so your child can view the melting! It's fascinating!
Let him be proud of his very own creation! 

Give it to your child to use as a crayon! It really works and it's always fun to see what color will come out!

For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by having an adult drill a tiny hole ¼ - ½ inch from the dip. Thread through a pretty cord with some small beads and make it into a fantastic necklace!
Associated Educational Activities:
And now a word from SeeryusMama "READ!

And now a few more words from her: "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson is a children's classic! It's 64 pages so you may want to read it over a few days, but it's well worth it! Harold is a little boy who draws with this magic purple crayon and his imagination! He draws whatever he wants or needs to travel through his adventure! A great book about using your imagination and creative problem solving!"

What begins with the letter C printable workbook! has a link to download and print this book (along with thousands of other educational activities and lesson plans). Don't forget, C is for Crayon! 

Watch Harold and the Purple Crayon Video! HBO created a 12 part animated series based on the book! Multi-award winning!

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ShaRhonda said...

Love yours! I didn't try the colors! Next time! I love how great minds think alike! You know I have some flower cookie pans, wonder how those would is worth breaking the good crayons? LOL wooden toys, pretend play, and play food for preschool! Ages 0-6 superstore! said...

I think it's worth going to the dollar store and getting a whole big box for $1. I saved the ones we'd collected at Denny's over the past year LOL! wooden toys, pretend play, and play food for preschool! Ages 0-6 superstore! said...

And YES, any cookie pan will work!

alissa4illustration said...

I'm going to try this with our school's computer ink. It's waxed based. I've been collecting the wax from their drip tray for awhile. I knew I'd use it. wooden toys, pretend play, and play food for preschool! Ages 0-6 superstore! said...

I'm really not sure if you can do it with the computer ink. Let me know what happens!

StephanieAnsell said...

We did this a few years back and try to do it every year for the kids valentines day gifts. We have found that Crayola brand works best at not leaving a cloudy wax at the top. Also, we bought a silicon heart shaped muffin pan which is so much easier to use because once they have cooled you can just pop them out by pushing the bottom up!
I wanted to enter the contest for the Melissa and Doug art easel! So this is our entry!

Audrey said...

Love this one and I like pairing it with a children's book!

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