Spring Themed Art and A Sensory Project

So I don’t know about you, but I am about done with winter. We’ve been looking at the same snowy scene out our sliding door for months now, accompanied until very recently by our octopuses, so I decided we’d Spring it up a bit with some Spring themed art projects for the Door of Art.

When I was a preschool teacher one of my favorite ways to decorate an area was with labels made from paper the kids had painted with colors from the theme. For our Spring themed area I had E paint a large piece of paper with purple, green, yellow and blue using paintbrushes, sponges and her fingers.

E's artistic interpretation of "Spring"

E’s artistic interpretation of “Spring”

"Spring" sprung from E's creation

“Spring” sprung from E’s creation

This was Tuesday’s art project. I am going to hang an 8×10 photo of her painting on the door as well. Children toddler age and beyond , though they like toys, tend to find much more satisfaction engaging in “real” activities, like sweeping the floor, picking up and moving objects, moving furniture, folding clothing, and making things. When they do these things, like make works of art, they very much like being recognized for their efforts and achievements. Having their art work displayed, including pictures of it, is a wonderful way to validate them. 

Today’s project was making “stained glass” butterflies using melted crayons in between sheets of waxed paper. This not only results in a really cool stained glass effect, but also allows for some fun sensory play as well.

First I grated some nearly used up crayons.

Use a regular cheese grater for this. A little goes a long way, two to three crayons is enough for a few butterflies (or whatever shapes you want to end up with)

Use a regular cheese grater for this. A little goes a long way, two to three crayons is enough for a few butterflies (or whatever shapes you want to end up with)

Then E had fun sprinkling the shavings onto a piece of taped down wax paper. She enjoyed it more than I thought she would. She ended up playing with the bits of crayon for a good 10 minutes, feeling their waxy texture and watching what happened when she swirled them with her finger on the wax paper.

Have little ones sprinkle the shavings onto a piece of taped down wax paper.

Have little ones sprinkle the shavings onto a piece of taped down wax paper.

This was really neat. E discovered that when she blew on the crayon pieces they moved around the paper, so we had some fun blowing the pieces of crayon around. Blowing the shavings

Which then resulted in a Baby E hug fest (she gives the best hugs hands down)

Hugs and crayon shavings

Once you’re all finished exploring the crayon  bits and are ready to make your “stained glass”, simply place the sheet of wax paper on an ironing board or  on a flat surface on top of a towel, and place another sheet of wax paper on top. With an iron set to “nylon” or some other setting that won’t emit steam, gently iron over the sheets of wax paper. The crayon will melt VERY quickly, so no need to press or hold it down, just gently iron.

Iron crayon shavings

And…. Voila!

Crayon Stained Glass

Crayon Stained Glass

Let the sheet cool for a couple minutes, and then cut into your desired shapes. Given E’s love of butterflies since birth we went with butterflies for our first decoration of our Spring themed Door of Art.

Spring Window KeeperSun catcher butterflies

Xoxo – Me and Baby E

 

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