For months we have been using well-used, broken, and scraps of crayons and when Target put out their Valentine's stuff in the dollar aisle, I saw a silicon heart-shaped muffin pan that I knew would be perfect for "up-cycling" our dwindling crayon supply.
The hardest part of this project was peeling all the crayons!! Not always easy for my 2 and 4 year old girls so this was primarily my job. We did this project 2 weeks ago and I think I still have crayon wax embedded under my nails! The best part of the project (in Greta's world) was breaking the bigger crayons into smaller pieces. I am a little nervous now about introducing a brand-new box of crayons to the little destroyer.....I have a feeling they won't survive long!
This activity was great for sorting colors. You can definitely just melt a rainbow of colors together but we wanted to maintain individual color families.....so the prep was great practice for both girls. I read a couple of how-to's on recycling crayons in this way but it seemed the directions varied a lot so I assumed it would be pretty hard to mess it up. So we filled the muffin pans with the pieces of broken crayons and I think I ended up baking them about 20 minutes at 200 degrees. I also was impatient at waiting for them to cool so I popped them into the freezer to quicken the process.
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