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Friday, June 19, 2009

Making Hot Crayon Rocks

Since our weekly book is about rocks, I decided that making hot crayon rocks would be a good art project (after seeing them on The Artful Parent). O was SUPER excited and waited in her Kitchen Helper the entire time the rocks were in the oven.
We got off to a good start, but I eventually took O's gloves off (I had her wear gloves so she wouldn't burn herself) since it was hard for her to color with them on. Mistake! She accidentally touched a rock and burned her finger. I think it scared her more than anything since it didn't even leave a mark, but I felt awful. She didn't want to participate in the activity after that, but she didn't mind giving me directions on finishing the rest of the rocks :) She was ready to color more rocks after they had cooled off, and she was disappointed when it didn't work.
This is not a project I would recommend for 2 year olds! But we did have fun despite O's injury :)

To make the hot crayon rocks, heat your rocks on a foil lined cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. We then placed them on a cutting board, and colored them with crayons (with the papers peeled off). Oh, and don't let your kids remove their gloves or oven mitts!


  1. i've been wanting to do them but yep the burn issue has always stopped me! I always burn myself cooking so it would prob. be me and not the girls :)

    they turned out great!

    sorry she got burned! glad it didn't leave a mark

  2. I feel your (her pain), my daughter burned herself when we were making quesadillas when she was 3. Anyway, we use clothespins to hold crayons when we let the children use crayons on hotplates at my school (3-5year olds.) It keeps the hands a little further away. Thanks for your blog - it's wonderful! Karyn (mom to a 20 month old & 5 year old)

  3. Clothespins are a GREAT idea! I wish I'd thought of that :(