July 11, 2012

Hot Rock Crayon Painting

I get heaps of great kids art ideas from The Artful Parent and this one is my new favourite.

Find some smooth stones from around the garden and give them a good clean. Then place them on a tray lined with baking paper and put them in the oven for 20-30 minutes.

Get your crayons ready. This is a good way of getting rid of old bits and pieces of crayons, or just buy a couple of cheap packs.

Set up some work trays on the bench and find some mittens or oven mitts for the kids to wear. The stones will be very hot, so this activity is best suited to kids 3 years and over.

When the stones are hot enough, remove them from the oven and (using an oven mitt or tongs) place them onto the work trays. Larger flat stones will be easier for kids to paint without having to touch them, and longer crayons will make the task easier.

Let the kids melt the crayons onto the hot stones. They will discover that they get better results by slowly moving the crayons over the stones - more like painting than drawing.

Let the rocks dry and then use them as decoration for the fairy garden or grouped together in a bowl.

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