We have been doing a winter clean up here, with our 3rd child now getting older we have been moving the baby things out, painting the walls to cover our children's artwork on them and freshen them up. I was also sorting and tidying up the arts and craft supplies we have and found lots of broken crayons and instead of throwing them out we made it into a little school holiday activity.
What you will need:
- Broken Crayons
- Muffin Tray (silicone style preferable)
- Biscuit try (to put silcone tray on)
Turn on oven to about 60 degrees celsius, we followed Martha Stewart's instructions which said 150 degrees which now thinking about it would have been American in fahrenheit so our crayons bubbled a lot as the oven was too hot, hopefully at 60 degrees celsius will be perfect.
Peel off all the paper of the crayons, this part of the activity took at least 3/4 of an hour as I got my children to do this.
Break the crayons up even more my four year old especially enjoyed this and the boys decided to place all similar colours into the muffin tray. If you have any fun moulds such as hearts, dinosaurs probably better than just the round moulds we used. You can also use a hard muffin tray.
Place the muffin tray on a biscuit type tray if you are using one of the silicon moulds as you don't want hot melted crayon to tip everywhere when we take the mould out of the oven.
Place in oven for about 15-20 mins.
Once crayons are melted take tray out of oven and place in a safe place away from children until they cool down. We placed some string in the melted crayons to make little handles once hardened. I also read that you could place them in the fridge to harden and is sometimes a little easier to get them out of the moulds.
If you want a little project that kids can help with cleaning up try this! The large crayon size is great for toddlers to hold and draw with and they will not be as broken so easily.