Melted Crayon Planets

Melted Crayon Planets

Create your own planets by melting crayons on paper plates! As the crayon bits melt they create swirls, stripes and masses that look a lot like planets.

3 - 7
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Materials List

  1. crayons
  2. paper plate
  3. string
  4. tape
  1. Gather the crayons and take them out of their paper labels

  2. Chop them up into little pieces and scatter them onto plates. Talk about how planets appear as different colors. For example, pick blue, green and brown for Earth.  Mix reds and browns for Mars, and for Venus yellows and reds. Yellows would work for Mercury and Saturn as well. Uranus is green and Neptune is blue.

  3. Put the paper plate in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time, and check to see if the crayons are melting. Make sure the crayons are not too hot to the touch and let your kids swirl the colors together. Kids love tactile projects! 

  4. Cut out circular discs of your planets and string them up to make your own crayon galaxy!