Kids Crayon Smash Artwork
Why are we making crayon smash artwork? Well, Peakles really enjoys arts and crafts and regularly makes things without much input from me. What I really want her to do is to explore art without having an outcome or finished product. This is often called process art where the exploration of the media chosen is the focus rather than having a brief or ‘making’ something. I am a true believer that both approaches are vital for children to explore and experience the world around them.
This month we decided to explore crayons. Peakles is used to colouring in and drawing with crayons and we usually end up with a few broken pieces and stubs of crayons left over. We gathered these together for the Crayon Smash!
Materials and Tools
lining paper or wallpaper sticky tape crayons hammer
plastic cups rolling pins plastic plates
How to Set it Up
Choose a flat surface or floor that can withstand being hit such as an outside area or a worktable or garage floor. Secure lots of lining paper to the surface with sticky tape. Place the box of crayons and utensils within easy reach.
Exploring Crayon Smash Artworks
I explained to Peakles about only using the surface covered in paper for the crayon smash and with the tools provided but apart from that she was given free reign to explore crushing the crayons.
Peakles laid out different crayons and began to squash them with plates and cups. Once she gained in confidence she tried hammering the crayons together and crushing them with the rolling pin. She found that if she kept hammering one piece of crayon it would begin to melt slightly and she tried different colours together.
Not only was the crayon smash great fun but it also gave Peakles the freedom to explore the different properties of the crayons and how different marks could be made on the paper through crushing, smashing and rolling them.
It was great to see Peakles exploring the medium without having to think about producing a finished product. Process art in this way is a perfect balance for all the crafts that she enjoys too.
Process Art Monthly Challenge
We are taking part in the Process Art Monthly Challenge with other like-minded bloggers. Check out the links below to see how others are exploring with crayons this month.
Scratch Art Paper for Kids from Powerful Mothering
Melted Crayons from Kidz Activities
Crayon Shaving Sun Catchers from Rainy Day Mum
Texture Crayon Drawing from School Time Snippets