This mini booklet is the perfect craft to bring with you on nature walks. It’s small and light enough to fit into a tiny backpack or carrying bag. It has multiple ways on how you can use it, it’s basically an everything booklet. Put a real book inside, use it as a felt board, add paper to make it into a nature journal, it‘s also a clipboard, use it like a binder and bring worksheets on your walk or any kind of paper.



This craft is a fun way to recycle those old and broken crayons. You don’t need to use very much of the crayon, the broken piece will be enough! Melt the crayon in the oven for 4-7 mins to create an interesting textured colour wheel. You can also make any design you want! Use this idea as inspiration to create your own melted crayon art.

We love reusing recycled cardboard and giving it new purpose. For this craft we used thick recycled cardboard from a box. Make sure your cardboard is stiff enough to draw on, since it will become a clipboard. It will need to be sturdy enough for that purpose.


You can also make a colour wheel using dried or fresh flowers. Glue them into your fabric and press them until they are dried. Add more clear glue, like mod podge to seal it in. For this craft we will only be showing you how to create the melted crayon design, but check out the photo above for the rainbow flower colour wheel that we made.

Reading can be fun, with your own customized cover! Print out reading materials to put into your booklet.


Materials:


1. Old crayons that are small or broken - all the colours of the rainbow


2. A piece of fabric - we used a canvas fabric. Cotton would work too. .

3. A food grater


4. A piece of cardboard - thick enough to be stiff.


5. Scissors


6. Glue - clear glue like mod podge or a glue gun


Melting the crayon


7. An oven - low setting of 170° - 200°.


8. a pan


9. wax paper



Inside the booklet (optional):


1. Felt sheets - different colours 2.. A butterfly clip to hold paper


3. Free colour wheel printable!


4. line or blank paper




DIRECTIONS:


1. Preheat the oven to 170°. keep it at a low setting (don’t go any higher than 200°).


2. Using a food grater, grate each colour separately and set it aside. Grate the crayon on the smallest section of the grater, making sure to do all of the colours of the rainbow. Half a crayon or smaller is more than enough! We also added pink to our colour wheel. Adult help is required for this step.


3. Cut out a piece of fabric. We made ours roughly 8.5 by 11 inches, so that when the book is closed it was like a piece of paper folded in half. Keeping it a reasonably sized booklet for a child to carry.


4. Place your fabric onto a flat pan, make sure to line the pan with wax paper, to prevent run off of crayon. By putting it on the pan now, it will be ready to put into the oven once you add the crayon.