Thursday, January 26, 2012

I Spy Colors: Crayon Melting

In an effort to start some form of art study with the boys, I've been on the lookout for art books geared towards a younger crowd.  I recently found a great deal on I Spy Colors in Art and I Spy Shapes in Art, and I thought it would be a good introduction.

Today we were working out of I Spy Colors in Art.

The piece was Rhythm No. 1 by Robert Delaunay, and the objective was to "spy" the yellow circle.

When I asked Elliott what he saw, he said a bunch of circles inside a big circle.  I asked him if he felt anything and he said happy.  He didn't want to elaborate, but he gave me more than "it's a secret" which was his standard answer to everything for several weeks, so I'll take it.

When I saw this picture, it immediately reminded me of the Crayon Painting activity on Teach Beside Me that uses a warm griddle to 'paint' with crayons.  We have more crayons than my kids will ever use, so a new crayon melting activity had been on my mind lately...I decided to go ahead and give this one a try!

We already had a ton of broken, peeled crayons, so I put a variety of colors in a bowl for the kids.

I taped the foil to the griddle like she suggested, and set several sheets of paper nearby so I wouldn't have to leave to get more.  Then I let the kids have at it.

I was a little hesitant to let Emory participate, but I found that holding his elbow while he colored kept his arm from resting on the griddle, and prevented any accidents.

Elliott got straight to work.

As you can see, they took the circles seriously!

Emory, 2 years old

Elliott, 5 years old
Elliott, 5 years old
Elliott, 5 years old


  1. We've "read" I Spy Shapes in Art, but I didn't realize there was another one with colors - very nice!

    1. We have also explored the transportation book in the series and enjoyed it (my son loved that the Batmobile was included), which is what prompted me to try these. We are enjoying them so far. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. What a wonderful book! I love the crafts you made to go with it.

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  3. Love this! I'm always looking for wonderful art appreciation activities. This is awesome! Can't wait to try it with my kiddos!

  4. What a fun acitivity and a great book! Thanks for sharing and linking up to fun frugal friday. I would love it if you shared some more of you ideas next friday. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up. : )