Friday, March 30, 2012

Peek of the Week - March 30, 2012

Welcome to the Peek of the Week!

What's Peek of the Week you ask? It's our semi-regular Friday feature where we hear all about what cool things you other crafty families and blogging types have been up to. Tell us about your projects, finished or in-progress, a funny kid moment, a personal accomplishment or just something that made you smile.

Each week I'll get the ball rolling by sharing a Peek from our week and then invite you to do the same by linking up to your own post.

I've been working a lot lately on making an always accessible creative space for the boys. I moved their little table and chairs in front of the window in the living room. I bought some little crayon/marker/colored pencil/sticker holding boxes at IKEA. And I set up the paper roll at the table under elastic on each side so they can roll out paper and color til the cows come home. And I organized the supplies. In doing so I found eleventygaseven crayon giblets.

So, inspired by pintrest, we went to home-makin' some crayons.  
Here's how we did it:
1) De-papered crayon bits and let the boys separate them in color groups
2) Bought some ice-cube trays from IKEA and a boy themed cookie tray from Michaels
3) Loaded up the bits into the trays and let them melt in a 250 degree oven. It took about 10 minutes and we checked their progress often.
4) Stuck them in the freezer til they were hardened.

By far this metal pan worked better than the plastic IKEA trays. The shapes were so distinct and well formed and popped right out. Most of the ones from the plastic trays broke when trying to get them out, and they crayons turned out really chalky.

This was my fave kid project we've done in a while. Eli was all over it. And it was so easy and fun and they had a great time separating the colors and picking how they wanted to mix colors up. The race cars were the winners though. We made like 4 batches of those.

Now you!
You could get peeking in three easy steps:
1. Blog about your Peek of the Week - whatever it is. Whatever happened that made you proud, laugh, smile, inspired, excited, or just plain happy - now that's worth sharing.
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3. Link your blog post using the InLinkz button below.

If you don't get a chance to get here on Friday, feel free to link your post up later.
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1 comment:

  1. WOW! The metal pan really does make amazing shapes! My sister made some of these as Christmas gifts. I'm amazed at the difference in detail you got from the metal pan! May have to try this out myself! :) Thanks for sharing!