Melting Crayons: A Great Indor Game for Toddlers and Preschoolers
To be honest, we didn't spend very much time doing crafts or working on letters this Fall or Summer. It's hard when Little Buddy wakes up and says, "Can we ride scooters now?" and he is still in his bed with his jammies on. But, it's finally starting to get cold and rainy occasionally, so I have put my creative brain back on and tried to come up with some fun/educational things to do inside. So last weekends, we decided to try melting crayons. First, Munchkin Girl spent about thirty minutes peeling the crayons. This was excellent for her fine motor skills:
Next, I got out the big easel and taped four crayons to a piece of construction paper and gave the kids blow dryers. I wasn't quite sure how long it would take before something happened, but I put the blow dryer on high heat and within about a minute, we began to see an amazing thing happen:
Even Little Buddy had a great time doing it, although he didn't have the attention span to actually turn it into anything.
I did learn a few things about this. When we did it the second time, I put two pieces of tape because the crayons tended to fall when they got too hot. Also, we put a large plastic bag underneath the easel to catch the fallen crayons and wax. Munchkin Girl was very proud of her finished product and I predict we will definitely be doing this one again!
For more fun ideas on things to do with your kids, please check out my new book! This summer The Happy Mommy Handbook: The Ultimate How-to Guide on Keeping Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy, Out of Trouble, and Motivated to Learn was released. If you have ever tried to cook dinner while your kid clings to your leg and cries, this is the book for you! We give you hundreds of ideas on keeping your kids busy but also helping them learn. What makes this book unique is that we give you a Mom's point of view and a teacher's point of view, so that you can do activities that not only keep the kids busy, but also keep them motivated to learn and develop their natural curiosity. Kids behave better when they are given challenging projects to work on, which will in turn give you more free time to do the things you really need to do, like washing dishes, paying bills, and relaxing so that you can be a better Mom!
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