Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. I wanted to stick with a fall theme and include pumpkins in our experiments. Next week, we will explore what is inside them maybe do a little carving, but this week, I wanted to something different. I have seen so many melting crayon ideas around and decided to combine science with art.
First I introduced what a solid is and told them that a crayon is an example of one. I compared it to water and we discussed how the crayon stays the same shape and water takes on the shape of its container. We also discussed ice and how ice is a solid until it melts and then becomes water. The kids easily grasped this concept and connected it to popsicles, ice cream, and other melting objects.
The materials needed:
- crayons (thinner works better), peeled
- glue gun
- hair dryer
- protection for your work surface
- pumpkins (we used small white ones that I found at the Farmer’s Market, they were perfect!)
This was a great experiment! When I do the project again (and I will for sure!) I would have the crayons peeled ahead of time. The kids loved the project and loved showing off their pumpkins to anyone and everyone! It was also an engaging activity that taught an important science concept! Win-win!