If you have kids, you have crayons. If you have kids and crayons, you likely have a shit ton of broken crayons. Over the weekend, I found that I actually had 2 full pencil boxes full of crayons. In the midst of organizing my kids’ craft supplies I nearly tossed half of them in a moment of annoyance. Then….I thought, no. This could totally be a fun activity for the kiddos. And was I right? I usually am!
This was one of the simplest activities and the boys LOVED it!
I enlisted the boys’ help to peel the paper off all the broken crayons. Turns out, they aren’t too wild about peeling the paper on request. Apparently it loses its rebel appeal. As we (I) peeled the paper, I separated them into color groups. Blues with blues, reds with reds, etc. I used plastic cups and then realized we could have just as easily filled the molds as we worked and eliminated a step.
From there, I transferred each cup into the silicone mold. Ours happens to be in heart shapes (on clearance after Valentine’s Day last year…cha-ching!).
Into the oven at about 250 degrees. Let them hang out in there until they are good and melty. Ours took about 20 minutes or so.
Pull them out of the oven and let them cool completely (I left them for an hour or so) before popping the newly molded wax out of the silicone mold.
Seriously one of the easiest and most fun activities I’ve done with the kiddos. I let the melted wax cool during nap time so as soon as the boys woke up they could go to town coloring. Destruction loved that he got “new crayons” for coloring. I’m telling you, easy peasy lemon squeezy. PS, I banked some Mom-of-the-Year points from this. Win, win!
If you’re looking for another fun, easy activity to do with your littles, check out how I made painted canvases with my kids here: Kiddo Canvases. Keep in mind that I had a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old at the time. Super easy even considering their ages on this one. Promise.