Toddlers can fill our lives with countless colors, literally as well as figuratively. There are colors rolling out and peeking at you from every nook and cranny of the house, from under the sofa, inside laundry basket, kitchen counters, under your feet and up on the walls (ouch).
I have a love-hate relationship with colors though. I guess every mom, who has had to clean up after the endless trail of colors lounging at odd places, does. Oh and i love them because they take me back to childhood days, i was a great little artist and ‘crayons’ was my favorite medium. Colors are one such timeless tool that can be used without any limitation of age, and since i am not that ‘little artist’ anymore, i resort to ‘adult coloring books’. Recent one being “Rangeen Pakistan” by A Washington based Pakistani artist Abdullah Syed.
Speaking of which, we did this FANTASTIC crayons art activity this week. Simple, cute and fun with incredibly gorgeous results. You see because we wanted to give those grumpy little pout-pout crayons some rest from all the fighting, sulking, protesting and over-working 😀
The whole project takes less than 10 minutes and keep those toddlers curious till the end.
*A canvas….. size as per your needs
*The cheapest boxes of crayons. ….ours costed Rs 50 each pack of 12 and i used 24 here. You can get as many or less as you like, depending upon your canvas size.
*Glue (UHU we used)
* Your good old HAIR DRYER. (No kidding)
*A socket nearby (of course duh :p)
*Smock and a board or kapra (cloth) under the canvas (both optional). There can be color splatters here and there
SAFETY NOTE: This activity can NOT be performed without adult supervision. Ensure your presence through out (especially during the ‘heating’ part).
Glue your crayons to the canvas sequentially. Darkest to lightest looks the coolest but you can arrange them as per your liking.
Once they are set, put the canvas upright and get your dryer working by holding it about a few inches far.
In a few seconds time, you will see the crayons softening and next few seconds, beautiful colors are dribbling down the canvas creating a mesmerizing art piece. Play around with it. Thinner, sleeker lines or thick, luxurious strokes, whatever you like more. Stop once it is all set. It dries in few minutes.
My 2.5 year old has always been in awe of a hair dryer, majorly because of that loud, deafening sound. It took some maneuvering to persuade her to stay in and once she saw the crayons melting, she jumped back in asking to do some more. Yayyyy. From then on she really enjoyed the whole process and wanted to do it herself but i am sure older kids can have a ball on their own.
To spice up the whole activity and to heighten the learning curve, i kept our beloved ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’ with us (Pakistani moms get yours from HERE, yayyy) and read it to little one during the activity. The connection and relevance to the protests of crayons was quite strong and legit during this activity and we had a very colorful day 😉 What a cute idea to teach ‘colors’ to preschoolers!
And HERE is how it looks like. WOHOO <3
So Moms, don’t let YOUR crayons quit because they are seemingly over-worked, instead have some holi with them as you revive the artist within you and create this art piece with your kids.
Perfect for little ones’ room!
Let me know how yours turned out.
Have a colorful week! xx