Here’s a fun craft that we dreamed up last week — electric griddle drawings!
This is an incredibly cool way to draw pictures but you must use extreme caution with kids and be sure to only do this with kids old enough to be careful around the hot plate.
I did this when two-year-old Alex was napping, because I knew he wouldn’t be able to do it safely. My oldest kids (ages 6, 10 and 11) were all able to do it safely and follow the rules fine.
White copy paper
1. Cover your griddle with tin foil. I didn’t think of this and it took us a very long time to get melted crayon wax off before we had pancakes next. You need to cover it with tin foil because the wax cannot bleed through it (as it would with newspaper) and the heat will still be conducted.
2. Lay a couple of sheets of white paper down.
3. Turn your griddle on to about 325 to start. When it’s preheated, take a crayon and start to draw on one of the sheets of paper. When the griddle is the right temperature, the crayon will melt as you draw with it. It should become liquid and very bright. If it’s not melting much, turn the heat up to 350 and try again. Too high and the crayon will smoke, though.
4. Instruct your child to keep hands and arms away from the hot griddle and hold the crayon straight up and down. (Note: a couple of times we accidentally brushed the griddle despite being careful. It was a shock but was not hot enough to leave a mark or do real damage.)
6. When your child is finished, carefully remove the paper. You may want to use tongs or a pot holder. The paper should be cool enough to touch in a few seconds.
This is a really addictive craft. Even I couldn’t resist joining Jack and drawing with him. There is something really satisfying about the way the crayons just melt under your touch and leave such vivid, liquid-like marks.
These look gorgeous in a sunny window.
Here’s a collage of some of our kids’ masterpieces.