Just spent a rather marvellous snowy weekend with mates, just relaxing, eating, drinking, rediscovering Thunderbirds, and pushing the limits of crayons...
First up, sticking them to a coffee frother to replicate old school Spirographs. Uncanny, no?
Next we considered involving heat, and things started to get fun! I spose I should say, don't try this at home or without grown up paws helping and all that jazz, but meh! My bro has a mini blowtorch for "cooking." It also works really well melting crayons- either by setting the paper wrapper on fire and letting the wax drip, or shaving crayons with a knife (if you're going to make art dangerous, you may as well do it properly!) and melting the shavings directly onto a well water-soaked piece of paper. We also used a hairdryer to melt the crayons directly in a slightly less dramatic fashion.
Finally we used the Aga hot plate as a toasty desk, and drew onto paper resting onto it. It's amazing how painterly the melted crayons looked. Definitely recommend for punchy colour fun.
Not that bambinos are on the horizon yet, but I like to think that when they do appear, we'll find plenty of hands on fun things to do like this weekend. Maybe swapping wine for non-fermented fruits... And maybe less fire, maybe...