{Blogger in Focus} Jackie Currie of Happy Hooligans

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Happy Hooligans badgeJackie has been one of our favorite bloggers to feature on Bonbon Break since the beginning. Her activities are not supply-intensive. They are fun, easy and always allow my kids to explore and learn freely.

Shortly after I started following Jackie, her photography exploded; not in a baking soda and vinegar kind of way, but her photos went from good to outstanding. Want to see what I mean? Check out my favorite piece from Happy Hooligans below and then spend a moment or two to watch the carousel of her posts and you, too, will be taken in by the beauty behind these well-thought and engaging early childhood activities.



jackieABOUT JACKIE: Jackie is the mother of two teenage boys, and a Home Daycare Provider to an amazing bunch of little people she lovingly refers to as the Hooligans.

For the past 16 years, she has dedicated herself to providing her daycare children with the classic childhood experiences she remembers enjoying herself: simple, but creative play ideas, easy and affordable arts and crafts, and lots of time spent exploring and discovering in the great outdoors.

Jackie’s passions include kids, photography, and dreaming up crafts and activities to keep the hooligans learning and exploring through good, old-fashioned play.

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{Blogger in Focus} Jackie Currie of Happy Hooligans

I’m really excited to share this post with you!  Like so many of the things we make here, I had no idea how this would turn out until the very end of the process.  I’d been thinking about making some art with melted crayons for a few days, but I wasn’t exactly sure what we’d make, or even how we we’d do it.  Then, looking through a cupboard yesterday, I came across our family’s “Starry Night” jigsaw puzzle, and my plan came together.


This project provided me with a opportunity to introduce a little culture into our day.  I showed the hooligans the painting on the front of the puzzle box, and we talked about Van Gogh, and examined the scene, the colours and the style of painting, and we listened to Don McLean’s version of the song “Starry Night” a couple of times.  Then we got busy…

Each hooligan was given a piece of cardboard (cereal box) covered with aluminum foil, and I filled a paint pallet with 4 shades of blue paint, and a shot each of yellow, black, purple and white.starry night painting with melted crayons

Some covered their canvases completely with paint, while some made only a few strokes.  There’s no right or wrong way to do this.  Allow your little one to decide when he or she is satisfied with their work.

We left our paintings to dry overnight, and we transformed them with the finishing touch today.  You won’t believe how easy this was!grating crayons for art with melted crayons

You’re going to put your broken crayons to good use here, and grate them up!

Older children will be able to grate their crayons themselves, but the hooligans gave it a try, and it wasn’t an easy task, so to avoid having to deal with shredded knuckles and fingertips, we agreed that I would do the grating.  I made piles of blue, purple, yellow, white and black crayon shavings for each of them.  grated crayons for art with melted crayons

Sprinkle your crayon shavings all over your painting, leaving some space around the edges so they don’t run off the cardboard as they melt.  At this point, ours looked something like this:art with melted crayons - shavings sprinkled over painting

Now just pop your painting in the oven for 5 minutes at 200 degrees.  You can place it on a baking sheet or directly on the oven rack.

When you take your painting out of the oven, be sure to keep it level because your wax will be very hot and runny for a minute or two.

Watching the wax cool was really neat.  Initially, the colours are still kind of pooling and running together, but within seconds, they start to firm up and harden.art with broken crayons fresh from the oven

When ours were completely cool they looked like this!art with broken crayons, starry night - happy hooligans

Aren’t they gorgeous?melted crayon art fresh from the oven

Take care not to bend your painting or your wax will crack.  If this happens, don’t worry, you can just pop it back into the oven and melt it again.

I finished ours off by punching a couple of holes in the top of each painting, and adding a dark blue piece of yarn so the hooligans can hang their masterpieces at home.art with grated crayons starry night

These are definitely something you and your child will want to display proudly!




We know you want MORE Happy Hooligans, so here is a collection of our favorite posts from Jackie.

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Blogger in Focus: Jackie Currie of Happy Hooligans

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