Tired of coloring with small broken pieces of crayon? I have just the trick to use them to their fullest, and you can use this as an activity your child can help with!
I have a 3 year old who loves to color. Just about everyday we sit and use crayons, markers, even paint. As the crayons are used one will get broken, or one may get used down to just a little nubbin. As an adult, I find having those little pieces to be annoying and even have an urge to toss them out. Recently, I discovered a new way to bring them back to life. I simply bake them down in my crock pot in different shapes and color combinations. Best of all is that my 3 year old can help me melt them down and gets excited to color again and again.
I start by collecting up all those small crayon pieces and removing the paper wrappers.
Next, I used both a plastic silicone tray and mini cupcake wrappers. Silicone trays come in so many different fun shapes nowadays that there are lots of different options to choose from. I found this particular flower shaped tray in the dollar spot at Target. If you can’t find any trays, you could always use mini cupcake liners. I had my 3 year old separate the broken crayons by color. But we also made up a few multi-colored ones just for fun.
Then I placed a crock pot liner in my crock pot, just in case some melted crayon ran over. (Please note this wasn’t messy, but I didn’t want to risk cleaning crayon wax off.) Next I placed my tray and cupcake liners on the bottom of the crock pot. (Be sure your trays and liners are laying flat on the bottom to ensure they melt evenly.) Then I covered my crock pot and turned on high for 1 hour.
Another great thing about using your crock pot instead of the oven to melt these crayons is that I feel like I didn’t have to worry quite as much about my child getting burned.
After the crayons were all melted, I turned off my crock pot, removed the lid and let them sit there and solidify for a couple of hours. Once they were completely cooled off, I let my 3 year old unwrap the ones in cupcake liners while I popped out the ones in the silicone mold. And then we were all set to color some more.
And just think how cute the flower shapes would be bagged up and given as a gift or a party favor?!?!