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Kindergarten: Rainbow Crayons

Posted on: January 18, 2010

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Kindergarten: Plants

Written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP /Whitman ES 2009-10

Rainbow Crayons

Cost per student: $.05 (this includes garage sale muffin tins)

Materials:  old broken crayons (the equivalent of 8 unbroken crayons per kid), muffin tins not used for baking (one muffin cup per kid), plastic cups or bowls to hold in-process crayons, bowls for paper peelings, scrap paper to test out colors, finished example

Students will create a colorful recycled crayon for making texture rubbings.

Elements of art: color, form

Vocabulary: wax, melting, peeling

1. When the students are all together, show them your rainbow crayon. Ask them to guess what it is, and describe its form (round, colorful, hard, smooth etc.). Draw with it on a piece of scrap paper to show them and see if that helps them figure it out! Let them know you made it out of recycled materials and that they will all make one to take home another day.

2. At their tables, point out all the supplies. The tubs of crayons for this age of student should contain about ½ unpeeled crayons (I do this in front of the TV ahead of time, using a craft knife to slit the wrappers for quick peeling) and 1/2 with the papers still on. That way the kids who don’t have an easy time peeling the crayons can just choose from the unpeeled ones.

3. Stress that while they should usually not break their crayons, today they are going to need to so they can make the project. I have little white plastic bowls I am going to give each kid, so they can put their peeled, broken chosen crayons in there and then hand me the bowl so I can put the contents in my marked muffin tin. I mark the muffin tin cups with the alphabet using a sharpie, and create a corresponding list as I dump the kid’s crayons into a muffin tin (ie Sally’s go into tin A, so I write her name next to A on my list.) That way they get their special crayon back.

4. Bake them in the oven at about 225* for 20 minutes or until they look melty. Let them cool, then put them in the fridge for about 30 minutes. This will help the wax contract and you can just tip the tin over on a dishtowel and they should all slide right out. I keep my list handy and label each one in relation to which tin it popped out of. You can mark the crayons with a bit of masking tape or I made envelopes out of reused copy paper (super simple ones, see pictures) and put the kid’s name on that.

5. Next week bring them to the kids to use with their rubbing plates! Let them take the crayon and rubbing plate home for continued fun.

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