Jack and I did a craft this week that I’ve been meaning to do for years. We gathered up some big, smoothish rocks from the garden and popped them in the oven. I heated them at 450 for about 20 minutes (which was quite hard to make myself do in the heat of summer!) and then carefully took them out with pot holders and put them on folded towels on the table.
I instructed Jack to be super careful since the rocks were hot and we went to work drawing on them with broken crayons. The crayons melted like glittery paint when they touched the hot rocks, making the most vivid sheen. We had about 10 minutes to work before they were too cool to work well.
Note: if kids do accidentally touch these it should not do much harm if a couple of minutes have passed. I carefully explained to Alex (3) that the rocks were hot, hot, hot and it would hurt if he touched them and then he darted out his hand and touched mine anyway. He didn’t even blink. He’s like that.
When we were done, we took them back out to the garden and found spots to show them off.
It was quite a lot of fun!