What a summer this has been! In the morning, the sun is shining brightly and the air is warm with a hint of humidity. All day at work, I am treated to sunshine and heat (which is great for a person who works outside!). I dream about all the fun the kids and I will have when I get home; splash pad, beach, visits to the park. As I drive home, the clouds appear. I try to trick myself into thinking that they will blow over, but I know in my heart they won’t! Then I get home. Maybe we have an hour outside before the sun hides and the rain comes. Other days, I’m barely in the door before the rain is washing away all of my summer dreams.
Switch to plan B, rainy day activities. It’s August. Most of my rainy day activities were used up in July and I’m struggling to find new and interesting ways to entertain my kids (that don’t involve electronics!). A few weeks ago, I saw a post online that said “Make keepsake rocks, by melting crayons”. Knowing that my kids ALWAYS collect a ton of rocks when we visit our local beach, I knew this was a craft for us! Beautiful, simple and a great gift to remind someone how much you care, these rocks can be used as friendship rocks, worry rocks or decorations!
Melted Crayon Rocks
10 Flat River Rocks
Unlimited Crayons (broken ones are encouraged!)
Step 1: Wash all the sand and dirt off of your rocks and pat dry. Do not soak them in water or use rocks found in water sources as they may explode in oven.
Step 2: Lay rocks out on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper in a single layer. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. WARNING: Rocks will be EXTREMELY HOT!
Step 3: Create a heat proof surface to decorate the rocks. I used folded tea towels with parchment paper on top. You can use oven mitts or any other heat appropriate item. Use tongs to transfer rocks from baking sheet to heat proof surface.
Step 5: Touch the hot surface of the rock with crayons. Move directions and vary lengths of time that you hold them to the rock to create different patterns.
Step 5: Let cool then share or display!