Last week my girls and I learned to identify some common birds by making a simple (but messy) craft. Although we did birds, you could use this technique to learn more about fish or flowers, or just about anything!
Step 1: Collect old crayons. Sort crayons by colour. Peel off the paper wrappings.
Step 2: Make crayons into shavings using a pencil sharpener.
Step 3: Place a print out of your subject on an ironing board and a piece of wax paper on top of it. Use a marker to draw the outline of your shape on the wax paper so that you can cut it out later. I googled 'Bird colouring pages' and printed out birds from here and here.
Step 4: Using a Field Guide for reference, have the child place the appropriate coloured crayon shavings on the wax paper.
Step 5: Place another piece of wax paper on top of the crayon bits and then a tea towel or receiving blanket. Iron briefly to melt the crayon.
I drew a tree on our window using window crayons.
And taped the birds to the window, perched on their branches!
My children love trying to recall each birdies name, and we had a fun time making a mess and some memories!
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