Autumn Melted-Crayon Handprint Tree
Are the leaves changing by you? We are starting to enjoy the fall colors as we move into October. On our back patio door we have a beautiful sun catcher that the girls made at Montessori last year. I love how the light comes through the colors.
Have your child trace their forearm and hand on a piece of brown construction paper. Give them some kid safe scissors and let them cut it out. I don’t have exact directions, but the concept is not that complex.
Tip: Don’t cut the trunk out for your child. It is much cuter with the jagged edges from them doing the cutting.
Grab fall color crayons like: yellow, red, and orange. If they want the whole rainbow, go for it! Put the trunk between the sheets of wax paper. To create the melted leaves follow these basic steps:
Step 1: Choose the crayon colors you would like for your window art cutouts.
Step 2: Peel the paper off of each crayon you are using.
Step 3: Collect crayon shavings on a piece of wax paper, preferably from a crayon sharpener since that is the safest method.
Step 4: Fold the piece of wax paper in half and crease each side of the paper into a nice, neat little package to contain the crayon shavings.
Step 5: Place a piece of paper on either side of the folded wax paper to protect the surface to be ironed on.
Step 6: Go over the paper with the iron a few times and check the crayon in the wax paper to see the melting progress. Continue until desired effect is achieved.
Isn’t the little tree gorgeous?
Stage 1 books explain simple and easy observable science concepts for preschool and kindergarten age children.
Stage 2 books explore more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades and include hands-on activities that children can do themselves.
We might try this technique and cut our leaf shapes to create a fall mobile.
So many ideas, so many possibilities, so little time.
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