Published on May 29th, 2011 | by Julie Finn20
How-to: Make Your Own Modeling Beeswax
Most of our homeschooling happens through hands-on activities. Baking bread involves the math of the measurements, the science of the yeast, the history of growing wheat, the geography of different types of loaves. Watercolor painting involves the art of the color wheel, the biographies of other artists who have painted in watercolor, the science of color mixing and how not to make one’s colors look like mud.
When my girls and I make modeling beeswax together, we follow my recipe using math skills, but we also have time to relax and enjoy the warm honey scent of melted beeswax. We can think about color theory, or just dye the liquid modeling wax whatever colors please us the most. We can talk about bees and the work that they do, or we can simply talk about our day as we warm the wax in our hands and craft our favorite sculptures. In other words, we can learn and we can play, which is how I best like our days to go.
Store-bought modeling beeswax is wonderful to play with, but it’s also expensive. With the following recipe, you can make your own modeling beeswax just as naturally for a fraction of the cost, and soon you, too, can be learning and playing and creating for your best day.