Crayon Craft

This craft has been bobbing around the web for the last few months but I thought now was a good time to do it, as we think about Christmas presents. We love to give homemade presents if possible and this one we did for my brother. The options are endless. We choose a straight line but you could make any design or pattern and have fun melting them onto a canvas.

I started off by sorting the crayons into two piles; the ones we like, (Crayola, Prang, Chubbi Stumps – decent makes) and the ones I hate (the free ones from restaurants). Grabbing a crayon to colour in and finding it barely coloured had been driving me crazy! The free ones are often very waxy and look bright but only seem to leave an insipid, waxy, pale line on paper. Time to melt them and recycle!

The next step for us was to sort the crayons into into colours and decide what order they should be in. Daisy was in charge of this. As you can see we lined the crayon design out, and stuck the crayons on one end of the canvas with a glue gun. 

Don’t they look pretty?

Next we turned the hairdryer on. Here Boma is busy melting.

It took a little time to start melting. We found that holding the canvas vertical helped the wax run and make fun patterns.

Gorgeous up-cycled art!

Uncle Andy seemed happy with his birthday present from the girls.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Science: Discuss solid and liquid, melting and solidifying.

Fall Fairy

Carrying on with our fascination with fairies we decided to use all the lovely objects appearing at our feet at this time of year. A fall fairy could use the fairy furniture! A walk to the park, yielded a pale of goodies; acorns, leaves, pine cones, fluffy stuff and general garbage. All fun stuff to make fairies with. After a fun walk, discussing each object we saw;

  • Where do you think that came from?
  • What will happen to it if we leave it where it is?
  • Why is it shaped this way?
  • What was this?
  • What is it?
  • What part of a fairy could this be?
  • What tree is this from?

these questions, asked by Daisy and by myself, were somewhat answered. We also spent a few moments on our backs looking at things from a fairy perspective.

You need:

We looked at the collection carefully discussing shape, texture, materials and suitability for body parts. A rock was chosen for the head and Daisy decided it had to be orange. I am not quite sure what the crown was originally but it is pink plastic.

The parts were assembled, discussed, reassembled until she was happy with the fairy.

We thought one fall fairy would be lonely so anther was prepared to keep the first company.

After much deliberation, the fairy designer was happy. Daisy was still a little nervous of the glue gun so I glued while she helped. Again we reinforced the edges with extra glue.

Fall fairies.

When we were looking for acorn dishes for the fairy table we came across three acorns attached. Immediately Daisy said ” Soccer lights mummy!” so we glued them onto a twig and put up floodlights.

Adding goals completed the soccer pitch.

When Daisy looked at the fairy area again she worried that they would have no place to sleep. So…

They now have a bed too!

Learning Opportunities:

  • L.A.: Discussing, questioning, evaluating
  • Math: Counting, sorting, symmetry, measuring, scale,
  • Art: Design, planning, colour, materials, building structures
  • Social Studies: Environment, trees, recycling

Fairy Furniture

This time of year, along with spring, makes me think of fairy magic. I think it is a mixture of the leaves changing colour, hearing acorns and apples dropping unexpectedly and the dew and frost on the ground in the morning. A little fairy building encourages this magic.

You need:

We discussed what furniture Daisy would like to make and she decided on a table and chairs. We looked at how a table and chairs were made. We decided that two benches would be easier to make than chairs. We used fingers to measure distance and size.

I showed her how to use the Uber Cutter and we got to work. Daisy was able to do all the cutting herself with this great product. It has a safety trap door to insert the craft stick and then the large screw on top is tightened until the blade chops through. There is no chance of her being injured by the blade and there was only one stubborn craft stick that demanded grown up help!

Once we had all the sticks for the table the low temptertaure glue gun came out. Daisy was nervous of this. I explained how to use it: hold it like a gun and gently press the trigger, avoid the end as it is hot and don’t touch the glue-also hot. Other than that I thought it was pretty easy to use. I did not account for her nervousness. She got a little glue on her finger and that resulted in me doing the rest of the glueing. I will give her the opportunity to try it again in a few weeks.

So we worked together. I glued she stuck.

She had problems seeing the steps to making the furniture so I broke it down and explained what part we were making. The ends of the benches are above.

After Daisy glued the skinny sticks onto the top of the table and benches I added a little more glue to reinforce the corners.

Adding a few apples, shells, acorns and berries completes a party feast fit for fairies.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Math: Counting and sorting, measuring
  • Art and Design: planning, organising, building structures, colour
  • Science: balance, solids and liquids, temperature