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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Being Crafty with kids-melting crayons to form molds

I don't know about you- but around here crayons are broken all of the time! It is honestly never ending... and who wants to color with a one inch crayon?

I decided yesterday that I was going to melt down these broken crayons and form big chunks of crayons- these will be great for the boys to play with. Oh, and its a great way to reuse crayons that would otherwise be thrown away!

Here is a super simple "recipe" to follow

Tools and MaterialsKitchen knife
Old crayons
Mini-cake tins (we used pans with heart- and circle-shaped pockets)
Crayon How-To1. Parents can use the knife to chop crayons into pea-size pieces, taking care to keep colors separate so kids can combine them as they like.
2. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees while children fill the tin with crayon pieces, arranging them in interesting designs.
3. Bake just until the waxes have melted, 15 to 20 minutes.
4. Remove the shapes after they have cooled. If they stick, place tray in the freezer for an hour, and the crayons will pop out.

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