Lego Crayons with Language Tips

lego crayonsOver the February break, my son and I had some time to do some crafts (there was a lot of snow outside). I bought Lego molds many months ago but never used it. I always wanted to try making my own crayons and I thought it would be even cooler if I could make Lego crayons! We simply took leftover broken crayons, took the wrappers off and went to work on making the crayons. The project took a couple of tries to get it right, but yielded a very good result (picture above). This was a couple of weeks ago and we are still using the Lego crayons. To learn how to make crayons yourself, check out this post here from Instructables. Crayons can be made in a variety of molds which makes the activity versatile.

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Multi-Ethnic Group Of People's Arms Raised Holding Letters ThatHere are some tips on facilitating language during crayon making time:

1. Requesting: Ask your child what type of crayons he or she wants to make (pick a mold that you have-can use mini muffin, lego, etc).

2. Colors and Shapes. Have your child choose the colors they want to use for the crayons. Encourage your child to say each color and discuss which crayons is bigger, thinner, etc. Ask your child which mold they would like to use. If you have a group of children, you can make a variety of different crayons.

3. Work on actions! Actions such as “take off”, “heat”, “put in”, , “melt”, “wait”, “break the crayons”, etc.

4. Sequencing. Have your child retell you the sequence of events with regards to making the crayons (e.g. “First we preheat the oven, then we peel the paper off the crayons, etc)

5. Encourage commenting and describing! Use words like pretty, soft, hard, short, colorful, etc.

6. Answering “wh” questions: ask your child open ended questions during the activity (e.g. “What are we doing now? What’s next?, etc)

7. Turn taking: With this activity, there is natural turn taking. It is also a great activity for a playdate!

8. Pragmatics: When engaging in this activity within a group, practice appropriate conversation, taking turns, being respectful, etc.

9. Following directions: This project naturally yields itself to following one step to multi step directives.

10. Recalling information: When you are completed with the project, ask your child to recall information about it (e.g. “What colors did we use?”, “How did we get the crayons to melt?”)

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