I was going through my rascals' art and craft supplies earlier, jotting down what we need, getting rid of unusable bits such as dried up felt tips etc and doing a general tidy up. I had made a little pile of broken stumps of crayons when I recalled a post I'd seen out in Blogland about making new crayons out of old. H was very excited when I suggested we make brand new crayons for S (as a sort of apology to his little brother, there hadn't been much brotherly love going around this morning).
It's such a simple and fun activity...
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees. Slice up the crayons into little pieces and put them into a mini-muffin tray. You can make them single coloured or mix about colour for more fun effects. Put them in the oven and leave until the wax melts, then take them out and let them cool (well out of reach of little hands, that hot wax would burn!). When they've cooled and turned solid use a knife to prise them out and hey presto!
Don't they look good enough to eat? My favourite is the moo-cow effect black and white. When S got up from his nap he was so thrilled with this very special pressie from his big brother whom he adores :-)
The crayons kept him busy for ages, and both he and H got a great kick out of getting different colours out of the same crayon depending on where they pressed down. I think these could make a great stocking-filler or a fun addition to party-bags. So lovely for little chubby hands to clutch :-)
This was a winning activity for all, H had such a great time making something special and really useful for his little brother, S was delighted with these colourful, easy to hold crayons and I was glad to have done something resourceful with the old stumps rather than just chuck them out.
Tip: Open the windows while the crayons are in the oven, I didn't, and now the house smells like a crayola factory!