Is there anything sadder than a bag full of broken, dull crayons that no one wants to color with any more? And why does it feel so wasteful to throw them away?
After cleaning out our art supply bins and pencil cases I finally decided to do something (other than just throwing them away) with our bag of crayons. I think this is going to be our new “thing”. I think instead of crying over broken crayons from her “baby” sister, Pixie is going to be celebrating adding crayons to our melting stash!
How to create new crayons from your old broken ones:
- Gather your crayons and sort them by color
- Remove the paper wrapping from all crayons. This is a good job for the kids. If they are too young consider using an exactoknife to remove the paper. If you are nice, use the Exacto knife to slit the paper before giving to the kids to remove.
3. Place crayons inside silicone cupcake pans (easier to remove when finished) and sort by color or make colorful combinations by mixing colors.
4. Bake at 250-325 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until melted. It’s not an exact science because it’s easy.
5. Allow to cool & harden and then remove from pan.
Don’t forget to admire your work and have your kids tell you that you’re the Best Mom EVER.
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