The Homeschool Mother’s Journal–We Finally Make Some Melted Crayon Art

Melted Crayons Bird

In my life this week… it looks like Mr. Mo has a new job. It is at the same large company that he has worked for the last 15 years, but it is a better position on a project that he is passionate about. He hasn’t officially been given the job as his prospective boss has been out of town, but the group has already given him loads of work to do, so we’re taking that as a positive sign that he has the job. Unfortunately, he has to finish up his current project at the same time, so he is being pulled in two directions at once. Were it me in the same situation, I’d probably implode or something, but Mr. Mo handles stress fairly well.

Bird Template

In our homeschool this week… Dora and I did the final vertebrate craft project that I forgot to do last week. This one was about birds. It was one of those melty-crayon projects that was all the rage on Pinterest last spring. I finally just got around to doing one. I cut out a bird template on black cardstock. Then I needed to temporarily affix it to our background paper somehow. I admit that this part of the project temporarily flummoxed me. How does one temporarily attach paper to paper and have a good seal, but not have the adhesive stick out beyond the template? I’m sure there are some wonderful temporary adhesives that I could have gone out and bought, but I did not feel like dealing with that, so I rolled up loops of painter’s tape to make “double-sided” painter’s tape and used that. Were I to do this again, I would get a better temporary sealant.

Bird Template With Painter's Tape for Temporary Adhesion

We then used glue tape to attach unwrapped crayons all around the bird in a rainbow pattern, of course. We opted to use any and all crayons that we don’t use anymore, including broken, soy, and beeswax crayons (beeswax crayons are really hard to melt, so I don’t recommend them). At this point I would like to point out the real reason this is not a good preschooler project, Dora unwrapped one, yes count them, one, crayon and I unwrapped the rest. Unwrapping that many crayons takes forever and leaves tons of crayon wax under your nails!

Bird Template With Crayons Before Melting

We then blow-dried the crayons with our hair dryer on the hottest setting. I know that the people on Pinterest use heat guns, but I don’t have one of those either. The hair dryer worked fine, though it may have taken longer than a heat gun would have (I wouldn’t know, having never used a heat gun and not being really sure what a heat gun is for). Unfortunately, some of the crayon seeped under our bird stencil, which is why I would use a better temporary adhesive, were I to do this again.

Bird Template With Crayons While Melting the Crayons

I am inspired by… Charlotte Mason. Not to sound like a broken record, and no, I am not abandoning Montessori, but after reading Charlotte Mason’s books this week, I took Dora on a nature walk. Dora was not really interested in much and was being a bit whinny. I followed some of Charlotte Mason’s advice and said, “What was that I just heard?” Dora looked at me like I was crazy. So I said, “I think I just heard an interesting bird sound.” Suddenly Dora started really listening to what was going on around us, for the first time in her life! She spent about 15 minutes listening to the various bird calls, none of which I could identify BTW, because I have never made any attempts to learn about nature, until just recently.

Rainy Day Leaves

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… We did the usual drama, music and co-op classes. We also went on two nature walks. Then today Dora and I went to Remlinger Farms with some great friends (we even got to meet their Grandma, who Dora started calling “Grandma” also). We had a blast at the park and a blast seeing our friends and to top it all off, we got to take home two new pumpkins! Tomorrow, we’re supposed to go on a tour of our local fire station. Plus Secunda is home from college this weekend.

Remlinger Farms 2

Remlinger Farms 1Remlinger Farms 3I’m reading… The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (wait a minute, did you just do a double take!?!? You should have!). Yes, the book is by the J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter fame! I’m only on chapter 6, as I just started it, but so far, it is excellent. It is a murder mystery that takes place in an English village. I wouldn’t go so far as to call the book a cozy, as there is a bit too much sex and profanity for that, but it is heading in a cozy-ish direction. It’s definitely a book for adults, not children or tweens (perhaps teens???).

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Labels: Arts and Crafts, Nature Study, Things To Do Around Seattle, Wrapping Up Our Week
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