Monday, November 23, 2009

Next Week~ In Haiti....

....we will be sharing our love of art with the older children at the Rescue Center. We have some simple art projects planned and one of the things we made to bring along is something I loved to make as a teacher. We recycled old broken crayon pieces into Cupcake Crayons. They are fun and swirly and they make beautiful designs. Kids love them because they are easy to hold, so hopefully some of the younger kids who are feeling better will be able to join us too.

If you want to make your own, gather some willing participants and have them pull the paper off the crayon pieces and separate them into a cupcake tin or segmented pan that has been coated with cooking spray. I found a triangle pan at a local thrift store that I think used to be meant for corn bread. I recommend using old pans so you don't ruin your favorite one. (I'm speaking from experience. ugh.)

Put them into a 250 degree oven until they start to melt together and get all swirly and shiny. It doesn't take very long, so keep a close eye on them. You'll know they are done when the tops are totally smooth.

This is how they look when they are finished. Sorry about the terrible picture. I only had my camera phone available because my camera and lenses are all in getting cleaned before we head to Haiti.
At least you get the basic idea.

Hopefully some of you will try this fun project. I'm so excited to spend time with the children at the Rescue Center and hopefully they will enjoy creating things as much as we do. When we return we will be adding new artists and hopefully launching our new website. Go out and create something for the children in Haiti.
What better inspiration, right?


debra said...

If you are hanging with the older kids in the RC you will see my boy Ronel. So happy for that. When are you leaving? I am trying to figure out a way to send him a Christmas gift.

Roberta said...

OH! I remember seeing pictures of Ronel. What a handsome little man! I'll try to get some pictures for you. :) We leave this Friday. Probably not enough time to send something, aye...but if you want to email me any notes of pictures or whatever I could take them along? Let me know what you think.