Saturday, January 28, 2012

Melted Crayon Art with Switches

Melted crayon projects have been all over Pinterest and would work great as a switch based project for learners with intensive special needs.

Most versions of the project on Pinterest call for using hot glue to attach the crayons to canvas and then using a hair dryer to melt the crayons.  For a less expensive version, mount on rectangles of some fore core board and use black masking tape covers the cut edges.   Use some left over silk ribbon attached with more hot glue to hand

The project can adapted for the students, of course.  Students can spend time choosing crayons and creating their pattern of colors.  They also can choose their silhouette or image to add.  Staff should hot glue the crayons on the fore core board, of course students can use AAC to shout, "Ready, set, glue!" and "stop now!" Next up is fun with switches!  Hair dryers can be attached to an environmental control box (a Powerlink) and switches can be used for the students to control turning on and off the hot air.

Variations on the melted crayon project include different silhouettes (hand cut or from a Cricut, arranging the crayons in shapes like hearts, having the crayons melt "up" and turning them into flowers, using stick on vinyl letters to write a name or word and then carefully removing to leave a print behind and more!  A quick Google or Bing images search for melted crayon art should show you lots of choices!


Share your pictures of this project and I will post here!

11 comments:

  1. Mary Coburn, 4-6 gr classroom (std w/ autism)January 28, 2012 at 11:29:00 AM EST

    I LOVE them !!!!!!!!! This would certainly have a place of honor in my home.

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  2. My daughter has this earmarked as an adult project on her stumbleupon. I love the Circut cutouts. Oh how I wish I had one.....

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  3. Very beautiful. Great idea! Just shared it at http://www.Facebook.com/YourTherapySource

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  4. very beautiful! Saw this on Pinterest. I love these. I was wanting to do this cheaply. Thanks for describing how you did yours. And the switches sound fun!

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  5. I so love this!! I want to do this with one of my classes this year. I have also seen the idea on Pinterest! Thanks for sharing:)

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  6. So pretty! I would love hang these in my house.

    By the way, everyone should check out this video on the "r-word": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ5oIdSduh

    The high school I went to put it together. So proud of these kids!!

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  7. So inspiring! We do a lot of art projects at http://groupbygroup.wordpress.com but realize we need to do more with assistive technology. Thank you for the inspiration :)

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  8. How amazing. I am inspired to try these with my students this spring. Thank you for sharing.:0)

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  9. i really liked the idea of this style of art when I saw it on pinterest and near everywhere else, but I felt it was missing something. The little silhouettes are just what this needed! My two boys will be doing this over the summer. *One is 5, the other is 2 and they could totally do this!*

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