Melted Crayon Planets

Melted Crayon Planets

Create your own galaxy with these crayon paper plate planets and get a lesson on colors and outer space!

4 - 8
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How we did it:

Materials List

  1. crayons
  2. string - Optional
  3. tape - Optional
  1. Prepare your crayons by taking our their labels, and chopping or breaking them into smaller pieces.

  2. Scatter the crayon bits evenly on a plate. Talk to your child about how planets appear as different colors. For example, blue, green and brown could be picked for Earth, reds and browns for Mars, and for Venus yellows and reds. Yellows would work for Mercury and Saturn, while Uranus is green and Neptune is blue.

  3. Put your paper plate into the microwave for 15 seconds at a time!
    As the crayon bits melt they create swirls, stripes and masses that look a lot like planets, so remember to swirl your colors around! Make sure the plate is not too hot to touch before handing it to your child.

  4. Cut off the white edges of paper plate away, and hang them up with string for your very own galaxy!