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Tuesday Crafternoon: River Rock Melties

Melted crayon on hot river rocks

River Rock Melties

Crafternoon: River Rock Melts

Today at Crafternoon we made River Rock Melties. We were inspired by this post at 5 Orange Potatoes.

This is a super-simple project, and we did it with about 18 children ranging in age from 3 to 1o+ over the course of two hours. They all loved it!

Here’s what you need:

  • Smooth rocks, fist-sized or larger. You might find these in your yard, or at a river, or even at a local independent garden center (that’s where I got ours, since we needed a bunch).
  • Crayons with paper removed. Tip: Crayola glitter crayons are awesome for this project!
  • An oven

Heat up your rocks until they’re nice and hot but not blistering (scary!). We heated them at 250 degrees for around 15 minutes, and they were perfect. Place them on a heat-proof surface (we spread paper towels underneath the rocks to keep the wax off our table) and draw with your crayons. Draw slooowly. Get it all melty. The slower you go, the meltier it will get. Aaaaah. Relaxing.

Crayon melted on hot rock

Melllllty

Crayon melted on a hot rock

If you hold your crayon still, it will melt and drip down the sides of the rock!

melting crayons on hot rocks

Melted crayon artwork

Miss Candace showed us how it's really done!

River rock melties behind the counter

Some of our River Rock Melties cooling behind the counter

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American-made toys at Pufferbellies — Crayon Rocks

This post is part of our series on American-made toys available at Pufferbellies. For more, see our posts on Nana Banana coloring books and the Zipfy mini luge.

For this post, I’m breaking out a classic Pufferbellies video, circa 2009. It has our old counter! And Erin S. in pigtails! So nostalgic. Anyway, on to the Crayon Rocks. We LOVE Crayon Rocks. They’re made in the USA out of soy wax, and they’re shaped like rocks for a reason — to strengthen tripod grip muscles, and help prepare children’s fingers and hands for writing with a pencil. They’re used often by occupational therapists to help develop fine motor skills, plus they’re just plain beautiful — the shape allows little ones to draw in wide, bold strokes and to create artwork rich in color. What a stellar stocking stuffer for preschoolers!

Here’s the video!

Crayon Rocks at Pufferbellies

Today we got a shipment of something very cool — Crayon Rocks. Our friend and customer Deanna told us about these — they’re chunky crayons made of soy wax that are perfect for developing the kind of fine motor control that kids need to write with pencils. They’re made in the USA, and are free of petroleum products. We like ’em! Take a look: