Students watch as the crayons change from solid to liquid and become the flower stems and grass of their spring gardens.

What You Need:

  • Green and yellow crayons
  • Tacky glue or hot glue
  • Thick white paper (card stock and oak tag work well)
  • Blow dryers
  • Craft flower tops
  • Sheets of scrap cardboard (larger than the sheets of white paper)
  • Optional: Headshots of students
  • Optional: Crayons, markers, tissue paper, or other craft materials for building flowers

Note: The size of the white paper will determine the number of crayons each student will need. To reduce the number of crayons used, cut the white paper into smaller sizes. Four crayons side-by-side take up approximately 1.25 inches.

What You Do:

  1. Have your students peel all of the paper wrapping off the green and yellow crayons.
  2. Help your students glue the green and yellow crayons in a line along the bottom of their sheets of white paper, alternating colors and using more green than yellow.
  3. Ask your students to prop the paper upside down so that the crayons are at the top of the paper, points facing down. Have them lay the paper on top of a piece of scrap cardboard. Note: You should try to rest the cardboard and paper on a slanted easel or against something solid, such as a chair, table, or wall.
  4. Help your students use a blow dryer to melt the crayon wax, letting it drip down the paper at different lengths to create grass and longer flower stems.
  5. Have your students lay the paper flat to let the melted wax cool. They should be very careful not to touch the wax until it is completely cool!
  6. Now the children can glue the craft flowers to the tops of the stems to create a garden. Note: You can provide craft materials instead of pre-made flower tops if older students want to draw or fold their own flowers.

Optional Extension

If you are making these as Mother’s or Father’s Day gifts, have your students glue pictures of themselves to the center of their flowers.

Suggested Books for Read-Aloud

The Legend of the Indian Paint Brush by Tomie dePaola and Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole are wonderful examples of color and plants that will inspire students.