I remember doing this, but adding in leaves and with Mr. J being 5, I thought it would be a great time to do this craft. One of the things I love about it: it gets you outside! Take the kids on a nature walk and find the best leaves you can (it doesn't matter how many you have) You can spend lots of time outdoors, hiking the trails or even just going in your own backyard.
|Mr. J organizing his craft|
Another great thing, you can do it in 2 parts if you want. Young kids love to hunt for things, so hunting for leaves and then saving the craft for a rainy day works well too!
While the kids are at the table organizing their "pictures" the way they want it, you can set the iron up in a safe spot. Once the leaves are organized the way they want them, add in the crayon shavings (don't put too many in one spot, and not close to the edges or they will leak out).
Once they have everything how they like it, carefully place another sheet of wax paper (or fold the one your using in half if you want) and take it to your ironing surface. I like to start out with a tea towel over top to help smooth it out a little, and once I have made 2 or 3 passes around the surface, I remove it and iron directly on the top sheet of waxed paper. The heat from the iron seals the waxed paper, and melts the crayons...
|The boys finished products|
We now have lots of leaves left to make more (we gave some to their grandparents at Thanksgiving, and I have one hanging in my front window)