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From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

Ways to achieve special effects with crayons.


1. Parallel Linesparallel lines illustration

Carefully, using a knife, cut V shapes along the side of a peeled crayon. Hold the crayon on its side and draw it across the paper to make matching lines, straight or swirly. You can also notch the blunted tip of a crayon.

2. Invisible Picture

Draw a picture on a white piece of paper with a white crayon. Give it to your friend with instructions to paint it with watercolor in order to see the picture.

Invisible picture illustration

3. Crayons on Sandpaper Crayoons on snadpaper illustration

Draw a picture on fine sandpaper. Bear down hard and color thickly until the sandpaper barely shows through. Large designs are easier to color than ones with lots of detail. Bake each picture on a foil-covered cookie sheet, crayon side up, for 10 to 15 seconds in the middle of a 250 degree oven. Keep the door ajar and watch the crayon melt. With pot holders, remove the cookie sheet from the oven and let it cool before touching.





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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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