Friday, January 25, 2013

Melted Crayon Art

Melted Crayon Art

You will need:
A canvas
hot glue gun
hair dryer or heat gun

Hot glue crayons to you canvas.
Use hairdryer to heat them until they begin to melt and run.
Keep going until you get the desired effect.

"it's melting"

Things I learned:
It takes a while to ready this Maxtivity.
The melting is slow process.
Ignore the letters on our canvas.  I was hoping to peel them off and reveal the white under the melted crayon.  That part was an epic fail.  
It turned out pretty cool but Max grew tired of waiting on the crayons to melt after about two minutes.

DIY Felt Board

I made this super easy felt board and gave to Max as a Christmas present.   It has been getting lots of play time so I thought I would share the project with you.  

I failed to take any before pictures, but it is a really easy project.  

You will need:
an artist stretched canvas ( i used a 11x14 but I wish it was a bit larger)
enough felt to cover the board ( you can buy this by the yard)
staple gun

Just cut your felt to size and stretch tight around the canvas.  Staple all the way around on the back side.

I picked out some of Maxton's favorite books and cut out the characters from felt.
He is "reading" Brown Bear in the below photo.  As he tells the story he puts up the animals on his felt board.  I also bought some pre cut letters at a local teacher supply store, they were a little pricy but I didn't want to cut out all the upper and lower case letter.

spelling his name

This Maxtivity encourages open ended play and is a great way to develop language and literacy skills.