Crayon Magic

It looks like it doesn’t work at first but then when you turn it over the colours are pretty interesting.

What you need:

  • Lots of wax crayon bits
  • A piece of foil or cupcake tin
  • Vegetable oil if using tin
  • Toothpick or skewer
  • Oven
  • Hot pads to prevent burnt hands

What To Do:

  1. If using the foil, fold it to a shape that will hold the crayons. Square or what every shape you like. If using the tin, put about a spoonful of oil in the tin.
  2. Take the crayon bits (without paper wrapping!) and break them into small pieces and put in the foil or tin.
  3. Put in the oven and watch carefully as the crayons melt.
  4. Once it looks melted (It happens very quickly, in a few minutes) take out the container.
  5. Using the toothpick, swirl the colours around. On the top it looks like it isn’t working. All the colours blended completely to a deep brownish red. Don’t worry.
  6. With the tins, turn out the crayon mixture after it starts to cool but not completely as it might get sticky.
  7. With the foil, let it cool completely (10 minutes or so)
  8. Turn out the crayon mixture and see what you get.

The science:
In physics, melting is the process of heating a solid substance to a point (called melting point) where it turns liquid. An object, which has melted, is molten. The opposite of melting is freezing.


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