Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Kids Week {Day 2}

Today I have a guest poster!!
Meet Brighton. 

Hello Kids Craft Week readers!

I'm Brighton from Simple Brighton where I love sharing my photography and love of scrapbooking with everyone.  I am thrilled to be apart of Lindsay's Kids Craft Week.  When she put out the notice for contributors I had a hard time choosing what craft I wanted to write about but Lindsay's so amazing she let me do both!
I know (most) of you have crayons that are stubby, cracked, getting too short or just rundown.  In the hands of most children, crayons don't last long and I hate to throw things away if I can use them again so we recycle our old crayons into new Rainbow Crayons.  It's really easy...

Step One is to gather all your old crayons and peel the paper off if it isn't already.  There's no way around it, peeling crayon paper is a pain and it will get under your fingernails.  If there is an easier way I'd love to know.

Step Two is preparing the muffin tin.  Spray your muffin tin with vegetable spray or give it a good coating of shortening.  You can also use cupcake liners as well and they give the crayon a cool bottlecap shape.  Below I used shortening and cupcake liners.  Break the crayons into smaller pieces and divide them into each spot.  You can go crazy here.  Make rainbow colors or solid colors- it doesn't matter.  The more colors the better in our opinion.

Step Three is to place the muffin tin in a preheated oven at 275 degrees for 7-8 minutes.  Keep an eye on them though because they do melt fast.  When they are soupy and you can no longer see any clumps, slowly remove them from the oven.  At this time you can take a toothpick and wiggle it around to give the mixture a swirl look or leave it as is.  Let them cool completely before removing from the tin.  I place mine in the freezer and they are done in about 10 minutes.

Step Four is popping them out of the tin.  It's easier than it looks.  Once they are completely cooled turn the tin upside down and tap the bottom with your hand.  They will just pop out.  If you use the cupcake liners all you need to do is peel.  It's really that easy.  

For some cool variations you can pour the melted crayons into candy molds (I use the cupcake liners for this) and they will pop out in all kinds of amazing shapes.  It's a great idea for party favors!

Another easy favorite around here- homemade finger paint.  Finger paint is not cheap and with three little artists, we can go through a whole set in less than a week sometimes.  
This isn't my own recipe though.  It was given to me by my kids' preschool teacher and it's tried and true.   

3 tbs   sugar
1/2 tsp   salt
2 cups water
1/2 cup cornstarch
-Combine ingredients in small saucepan and blend well.
-Warm until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally.
-Cool and pour into containers.
-Add food coloring to make desired colors.
*You can also add a little glitter like we did below to make it sparkle.
It's a great recipe but I want to stress that if you add too much corn starch you will get gloppy paint.  If that happens, reduce the corn starch or thin out with water until smooth.  The important facts- it washes out of clothes easily and doesn't stain the skin.  Very noteworthy information for me!

One of our favorite projects to make with finger paint are hand print crafts.  I love comparing hand print crafts over the years and seeing how their little hands grow.
Garrett's class had read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" recently and he's been requesting it to read at bedtime every night.  We made this picture to hang on his Art Wall.  
It's all his handprints except for the eyes.  I used some wiggly eyes I had left over because he loves them. 

Otherwise you can use thumbprints for the eyes.  The GREEN body is the palm of his hands and the BLUE feet are his fingers.  The RED head is also a palm print and the BROWN antennas are fingers as well.  The BLACK nose is a fingertip.  We wiped his hands off after each color so that we didn't mix any colors into the body parts because he's picky like that.  
Thanks to Lindsay for letting me be apart of Kids Craft Week and have a wonderful Summer full of crafts!

How cute is that little caterpillar?! Thank you so much Brighton for stopping by and sharing, I can't wait to make some new crayons and to try out that caterpillar with Oliver!! 

1 comment :

  1. These are fun projects and you're right, do cost significantly more in the store. Now I wish I kept my crayons from childhood to make swirl crayons! And love the finger recipe because it's easy and doesn't require weird ingredients. Thanks!


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