Early learning goals for preschool age children involve creative development.
According to Art and Creative Development for Young Children by Schirrmacher and Fox [Delmar Cengage Learning, 2008], “Creative expression fosters emotional development and positive mental health by validating the uniqueness of the individual…Creativity fosters success and mastery since there is no one right way involved…children feel worthy and confident knowing that they can have an effect on their environment”.
Preschool teachers and daycare providers have the opportunity to foster creative development in young children by providing art activities that explore media and materials and encourage imagination.
Crayon Melt Art is an outstanding illustration of a creative activity that provides the opportunity for expression and promotes spontaneity in material usage. It is also a great way to introduce children to textured materials.
This lesson contains the materials list, preparation instructions and procedures for this activity. The age appropriate learning objectives and a sample of the simple supporting verbal cues necessary to encourage participation and support learning are also included.
Crayon Melt Art Materials List
- Electric Griddle
- Aluminum foil
- Old crayons
- Blank sheets of paper
- Oven mitts
- Damp Cloth
Cover the electric griddle with aluminum foil to protect it. Cover table with butcher paper and place paper and crayons on the table. Set the griddle on low to warm it.
Procedures for Crayon Melt Activity
This activity requires close adult supervision!!
- Invite the children over and tell that you are going to take turns making colorful designs by melting crayons.
- Invite one child over and let them carefully draw a pattern on the foil with crayons. The crayons will melt and create colorful designs.
- With oven mitts on, place a sheet of paper over the crayon design and carefully smooth the paper down.
- Lift the paper off. The design will transfer onto the paper.
- Using a damp cloth, wipe the foil clean and invite another child over to participate in the activity.
Crayon Melts Art Lesson Objectives
To provide the opportunity for expressive activities through the crayon melt activity by encouraging the children to create designs using crayons.
Verbal Cue A: Today we are going to make crayon melts!
Verbal Cue B: you can use the crayons to make a design.
To encourage spontaneity in material usage by allowing the children to choose colors or to blend the colors they choose
Verbal Cue A: Which color would you like to use first?
Verbal Cue B: I like the way you are mixing your colors!
To promote the sharing of art materials to foster social interaction and cooperation
Verbal Cue A: Let’s take turns using crayons.
Verbal Cue B: Can you let Bill use the red crayon?
Crayon Melts is a enjoyable, creative activity that children in preschool and child care centers ages 3 and older will certainly enjoy. While it is a creative activity, it is also great for developing motor skills.
Crayon Melt Art activity adapted from: Kuffner, Patricia. Preschooler’s Busy Book: 365 Creative Games and Activities To Occupy 3-6 Year Olds [Meadowbrook, 1998].
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