It seems like a good idea to make the most of the good weather, and make some sun catches to capture those last rays before the weather gives out, leaving us stuck with rain and gloom for the next month or so before Christmas. My lucky charges get 2 weeks for their half term and today (almost one week into it) I got the phrase “I’m bored”… Thankfully, tea was on the stove simmering away and I had this perfect craft to keep them busy for the 45 minutes before tea would be ready. In the end only my youngest charge did the craft, as my eldest one made the decision to help make up the fireplaces (obviously with supervision). Adult guidance is a most for these melted crayon halloween sun catchers as it requires heated baking trays to avoid any burnt fingers.
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To make your own melted crayon Halloween sun catches you will need:
- Baking tray
- Baking parchment/ wax paper
- Tea towels
Pre heat the oven to around 100c
Cut some baking parchment to the size of the baking tray and draw some Halloween shapes on them.
On the table (or where ever you are going to carry out this craft) lay a tea towel; this will help insulate the tray, and keep it warmer for longer. As you will be using an oven I highly recommend doing the colouring close by. We eventually moved ourselves to the floor by the Aga so that we closer to it.
Place the tray in an oven for a few minutes; it doesn’t take much heat to melt a crayon. When you take it out test the side to see how hot it is. Remember children have more sensitive skins to adults, so even if it may seem okay for us I would still place a folded up tea towel over the edge of the tray so little arms don’t get burnt.
Quickly colour in the shapes before the trays cool down, if it does cool down too much then pop the tray back into the oven for a few minutes to reheat.
When it has all dried, cut out the shapes and hang from the windows to create your spooky Halloween sun catches.
My charge was beginning to come down with cold when we did this, and she told me that the warmth of the tray made her feel better, but despite her general feeling of grottiness, she really did enjoy taking part and had great fun telling me when the tray had cooled down too much and had to be put back in the oven to warm back up again. Then she would get all excited and tell me when she thought it had been in there long enough.
This craft may help development of:
- Fine motor skills
- The tripod grip for holding pens
- Scissor control
- Scientific interest – why the crayons melt and why the trays cool down
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