In our creative home, we are constantly surrounded by the usual suspects – crayons, paper, markers, dotters, stickers, play dough, you know…
But sometimes we need a little something to jumpstart our creativity. Sometimes that little something is a fresh idea or inspiration, sometimes it is new and exciting tools.
Recently, we were introduced to a new-to-us art supply that has been a big hit with the older set, 4-and-up.
A little package of modeling beeswax has brought a whole new angle to our creative time. Beeswax allows my little ones a little more permanence than with play dough; creations don’t have to be packaged up right away after playing to prevent drying out.
The fact that it doesn’t crack and crumble, has meant that the beeswax isn’t restricted to our creative table and my four-year-old has grown quite fond of integrating his sculptures into other elements of play – building bridges for trains to go under, towers for peg people to climb upon, letters to refer to time and again.
And when he tires of his work, all he has to do is ball it all back up and he can start again!
One tip, in particular, for making it easy-peasy for your little one to work with the beeswax is to have a bowl of warm water and a towel at the ready.
Beeswax is easiest to mold and shape when it is warm. Grown-ups can usually warm the beeswax sufficiently by rolling it about in their hands. I’ve found that my little guy doesn’t have quite the patience for that. With a bowl of warm water on hand, and a towel to dry off some of the moisture before working the wax, my little guy can simply pick his chunk of beeswax and begin shaping it right away. If it cools down, he just puts it right back into the warm water, waits a moment, and begins again.
I, particularly, like that it is a super easy, clean supply to bring out. It is a great one to reach for when dinner is 15 minutes away from being ready and I don’t want to have a lot of extra clean up. It is also an easy one to take along in the car, providing a little something to keep those hands busy.
Have you used beeswax before with your little ones? What did they think of it?