If your kid likes to color, you probably know all too well that crayons go quickly, and chances are, you've accumulated plenty of old crayon stubs. Put those stubs to use by creating colorful ironed wax paper art! This recycled craft is a great way to show your child one way to use her old supplies to create a fun, new masterpiece sure to brighten up any home. As an added bonus, working with the crayons builds fine motor skill and it will give you an opportunity to quiz her on the various color names.
Note: This project should be supervised by an adult at all times.
What You Do:
- Set the craft paper on a flat surface. The paper will protect your surface from the heat of the iron.
- Have your child fold a sheet of wax paper in half lengthwise. Then, open it up again.
- Encourage your child choose crayon colors for her first heart and ask her to identify their color names. Sharpen them over one half of the wax paper. The crayon shavings should be spread evenly over the paper.
- Fold the wax paper in half and fold the three open edges about half an inch inward. This will secure the crayon shavings.
- Fold the craft paper over the top of the wax paper.
- Help your child lightly iron over the craft paper with the iron on medium heat. Check every few passes to make sure the crayons are melting. As soon as all the shavings have melted, allow the wax paper to cool.
- Have your child draw her heart on the wax paper and cut it out.
- Now, she can tape a length of string to the top of her heart and hang it in a window.
After the shape is cut from the melted wax paper, you can iron it again to avoid any curled edges. Also, you can vary this project by cutting and using the wax paper in a variety of different sizes and shapes.
Your child can make any shapes she wants out of the wax paper. Get creative! Dinosaurs, planets and butterflies are all great ideas!