Holiday Crayon Crackle - FamilyEducation

Holiday Crayon Crackle

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

You and your kids can make one-of-a-kind holiday greetings with this art activity!

An Imagination Station Activity from KinderArt

Age: Elementary and up
Time: 30 minutes or more
Type of Activity: Art

Materials needed:
· White paper
· Crayons
· Paintbrushes
· Water Paint
· Water
· Containers
· White Glue
· Newspapers

Are you and your kids looking for a cool way to create a one-of-a-kind holiday greeting? You are? Great! Simply gather some white paper, crayons, paintbrushes, water paint, water and containers, white glue and some newspapers to keep things clean.

What to do:
Ready, set, go and make a crayon drawing on the white paper.

Now, take your paper and crumple it.

Now, take the paper and lay it out flat on your work surface.

Next, using watered down paint and a paintbrush, cover the crumpled up crayon drawing with color.

Let it dry. You'll see that all the little cracks that formed when the paper was crumpled are now filled with paint.

Finally, take an old paintbrush and cover the picture with white glue.

The glue will dry clear and give the crackle picture a nice shiny finish.

Now if you like, you can glue the crackle picture onto a piece of construction paper and make a greeting card for friends or family.

The fun folks at Crayola? tell us that each year, North Americans buy 2.5 billion crayons! Not only that, but the average North American uses 730 crayons by age 10. That's a lot of crayon crackle paintings!

Now you know.

© Andrea Mulder-Slater | KinderArt |
Illustrations © Andrea Mulder-Slater