I’ve been looking for a way for my kids to play with melted crayons for a while now.
The idea of sitting for hours with a hair dryer watching crayons melt didn’t thrill me, so we tried something a little different. We used an electric fry pan on a low setting and had loads of fun creating melted crayon drawings.
Melted Crayon Drawings
What you need…
Electric fry pan (or another surface that gets evenly warm but not super hot)
Paper – we used cheap A4 printer paper.
Somewhere to place your drawings till they cool and dry.
What to do…
We still use our fry pan for cooking food so just to be sure we didn’t ruin it we covered it with foil first.
Set the fry pan on the lowest heat setting and place a piece of paper in the fry pan and allow it to warm up.
When the fry pan and the paper is warm but not super hot then you can draw!
While our fry pan never got hot enough to burn anyone who happened to bump into the side by accident, the kids were all very careful and I set them up so that they were a good deal higher than the fry pan so they weren’t trying to lift their arms over the hot sides. My nine year olds and five year old were all careful and confident enough to do this activity safely, and while the toddler really wanted a turn, he was happy enough with drawing on ‘warm’ paper on the table instead.
Drawing slowly on the warm paper the crayons melted easily as you made your marks. It was lots of fun just to swirl the crayons over the paper and feel how they glided as they melted. It was fun to mix colours and vary the speed of drawing to get thin not so melted lines or think really gooey lines.
The only draw back to this activity was that we only have one electric fry pan so we all had to wait, patiently, for our next turn.
The wax seemed to seep into the paper leaving a translucent ring around the colours, so the drawings looked lovely taped to the window to let the light shine through.
This was such an enjoyable process that I am making plans to have a go on my own one night when the kids are in bed… and of course they are already asking to do it again too!
Oooh check out this post from Dilly-Dali Art… they had a go at this activity too and also drew straight on the foil! Very Cool!