Hot rocks

July 5, 2012 in activities

Last weeks the Girls Club girls and I tackled another craft I found on Pinterest (original pin came from the blog Artful Parent). Turns out I am just not knowledgeable about simple crafts for kids. Because I find a really cool one and think it is awesome and one of a kind and then people say, “I did that as a kid” or I google the craft and find 15 blogs about the same craft project.

Time to join the masses and share a craft I had never heard of. Maybe you haven’t either and it is so easy. We called it Hot Rocksbut it is more commonly called melted crayon rocks. You need rocks, peeled crayons, foil, cookie sheets, an oven, and hot pads. (Such a cheap supply list!)

First, find rocks you would like to paint. I went hunting for rocks in the dry creek bed at a nearby park. I didn’t find many rocks that were big enough to paint, but I found lots of concrete chunks. These worked well, but they aren’t as naturally pretty as a God-made rock.

Next, wash the rocks. The girls liked this part because they also got each other wet in the process.

Line a baking sheet with foil and turn your oven to 350. Put the rocks on the foil and stick in the oven until rocks are hot or as long as you need them in there. Without any dirt on the rocks, there is no smell.

While the rocks “baked” I had the girls peel wrappers off crayons. Then on the deck outside I set out aluminum foil work centers for the girls. If you do this craft inside, consider using a towel under the foil to protect your tabletop from the hot rocks.

The girls gathered up the crayons of their choice. And picked a work station. I gave my warnings about how hot the rocks would be and how the crayon wax HAD to stay on the foil.

My biggest mistake was not having the girls plan a few designs for the rocks. (Really, I should have done a few samples myself ahead of time) Without design think-time some of the girls couldn’t think of a design and just melted colors and then felt jealous of the one girl who did make designs.

I delivered the first round of rocks to each girl using hot pads. The girls simply pressed the crayon against the rock and it instantly melted. It is almost like painting. In spite of the quick melt, I was surprised at how much control the little artists had over where the wax went.

I loved this craft. It was entertaining and different. Next time, I will make sure I have more than 2 rocks per girl. I think their creative ideas were just hatching after the second rock. They (We)  finally knew how this new medium worked and were ready to try more specific designs.

What craft have you tackled lately? Any Pinterest inspired projects?
Particpating today in a link up with studio jruand other creative souls.

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Kerri S July 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm

love this….what a great idea! love new ideas…thanks for sharing!!

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Mothering From Scratch July 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm

{Melinda} Mine are too old now, but they would have LOVED this activity when they were younger! (Before they started chucking the rocks at each other. 🙂

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Blond Duck July 6, 2012 at 2:26 am

I loved exploring the creek around our house when I was a kid…what kind of crafts are you looking for?

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Paloma July 6, 2012 at 2:40 am

Love the idea of this activity! Very nice! TFS!

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Tara Denny July 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

That looks like a great and fun idea! No, I’ve never heard of it before, but I had a “No-clue” kind of mom (when it came to fun kids stuff anyway), so it figures.

Have a great day!
Tara

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redemptionsbeauty July 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

We have a whole basket of crayons we need to do something with, maybe I’ll try it with my kids. Even though they are older, they might really like it.

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Cindy July 7, 2012 at 2:37 am

This looks like a great summer day project! (Coming from Studio JRU). I am glad to meet you, too, as I am a proud mom to an 11 year old princess!

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Christina July 7, 2012 at 3:08 am

What fun! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and your post refreshed it in my mind. My boys would love it.

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Mama Sadie Bell July 7, 2012 at 3:27 am

I love this! Looks like so much fun…once it cools down a bit here I will be looking for rocks! Found you on SITS!
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Jen Price July 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Very cool! I’ve never actually heard of painting rocks using crayons. Looks like fun!

On a side note with the bathtub, I used a kit from Home Depot to do it. You’re supposed to do a coat, wait 2-4 hours (can’t be longer), paint a second coat, and then wait 72 hours before use. Would be great to do before a vacation.

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Jennifer @ Studio JRU July 9, 2012 at 1:25 am

What a fun project!! I wonder if you could keep these outside… maybe in the garden as decoration? The rocks look so pretty! Thank you so much for joining us ‘in the studio’ to share this! 🙂

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Jamie July 14, 2012 at 6:07 am

I never did this as a kid! I love it, and this would have been something I would have really enjoyed. Did the girls have pot holders to hold the “hot rocks” into the crayons after they came out? I’d just worry about potential burns. =)

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Classic NYer July 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm

If it makes you feel better, I never did this one as a kid. Sounds awesome though!

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