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With Earth Day coming up, I was looking for a craft activity to do with my kids. So the kids and I set out to make our own crayons shaped like Earth. Best of all, as we made our Earth crayons the kids got to practice so many wonderful skills!
Note: For more kids-friendly ideas to celebrate Earth Day, see my Earth Day Activities for Kids page.
Sorting skills: We started by sorting through our crayons to pick out the blue and green crayons.
Fine motor skills: Then all three of us got to work peeling the paper off the crayons. This was challenging even for me! But in the end, both kids and I managed to peel some paper.
From there, we put the peeled crayons into plastic baggies. The blue crayons went into one baggie and the green went into another baggie.
Fine motor skills: I gave the kids a lightweight hammer, and we headed outside to smash the crayons into smaller pieces. They loved this part!
We started on the grass, where I put a rock under the baggie and had the kids start hammering.
But when I saw that (1) this was tricky for them because the crayons kept sliding off the rock, and (2) they weren’t hitting the bags all that hard anyway, we moved to the concrete and they continued hammering away. (If my kids were hammering with more power, I would not have let them hammer on the concrete due to the damage they could have caused.)
Science: After our crayons had been broken into small bits, we went back inside. I pulled up a picture of what the earth looks like from outerspace, and we talked about how the water looks blue and the land looks green. We also talked about how there is more blue (water) than green (land) on our planet.
After this discussion, the kids sprinkled the blue and green crayon bits into some paper cupcake liners. We talked about using more blue than green to make it look like the earth.
Science: I put the filled cupcake liners on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. After preheating the oven to 200 degrees, we put them into the oven for eight minutes and watched as the crayons melted.
The crayons cooled quickly once they came out of the oven, and voila! We had earth crayons just in time for Earth Day!
More Earth Day resources
More Earth Day posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Books about Earth Day
- Ideas for celebrating Earth Day
- Activities inspired by Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax
- Earth Day Do-a-Dot Printables
- Earth Day Bingo