Beyond Coloring Books: 3 Activities With Crayons to Stimulate Your Child's Creativity

The benefits of coloring are numerous. It enhances fine motor skills, strengthens hand muscles, improves the pincer grasp, calms the nerves, and soothes the soul. While coloring books offer all that, they do little to stimulate creativity and promote initiative. Here are 3 easy activities with crayons that let kids explore different materials and use their imaginations to make something truly unique. They're simple to do, engaging and fun.

                                       Rainbow Colors

Materials Needed: crayons, masking tape, and white paper
  1. Get two or more crayons that are about the same length but different colors (brights look best).
  2. Line them up with the points facing the same direction and wrap masking tape around them (or wrap a rubber-band tightly around them).

3. Now let your child color with the wrapped crayons, making whatever she wants, changing color combinations and exploring shapes and design.

Crayon Rubbings

Materials Needed: old crayons with paper removed, lightweight white paper, masking tape, various textured objects (coins, keys, combs, paper clips, rubber-bands, etc.)

  1. Place some masking tape loops on a table, sticky side up.
  2. Put some textured items on the tape.

3. Place a piece of lightweight paper over the items.
4. Have your child color over the paper with the side of a crayon. Use different crayons in various colors. Watch her delighted reaction as the objects gradually reveal themselves!

 Crayon Melts

Materials Needed: old crayons, 2 sheets of waxed paper, scissors, kitchen grater, colored paper, aluminum foil 

1. Tear off two pieces of waxed paper.
2. Help your child grate shavings from old crayons onto one piece of waxed paper. Use 3-4 different colors (brights look best).
3. Have her add tiny bits of colored paper and aluminum foil over the shavings.

4. Place the second piece of waxed paper over the first.
5. Cover both pieces of waxed paper with a dishtowel.
6. Let your child watch as you press a warm iron over the towel, making the waxed paper and crayon shavings melt together into a beautiful creation.
7. Help you child cut her creation into a shape of her choice: a flower, a star, a heart, a balloon.

8. Tape on a sunny window for all to admire!

Kids get so many wonderful benefits from coloring. It stimulates their imaginations, eases their stress, and promotes their fine motor skills. This kit of crayons makes a wonderful birthday gift for children of all ages. 

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