I started by telling Maddy that we were having a “crayon treasure hunt” for all of the itty bitty crayon pieces. She loved it and wow, did we have a lot! We put a manageable amount of them into a bowl.
And then the peeling party started. Yep-we peeled off ALL of the wrappers. I thought that the tedious factor of this process would lose Maddy’s interest-but it didn’t! At one point she even said: “This is the best project you have came up with so far, Mom!” Don’t we love to hear stuff like that? Towards the end of this part she did start spelling out words with the pieces. Although I was down a helper, I figured that this was educational and a good thing! It was also a great time to chat. We talked all about her day and what she thought about ladybug’s living on prickly rose bushes. We also discussed mixing colors and how neat it was that blue and yellow make green and red and white make pink. She is such a fun girl!
And then the best part! We put the crayon pieces into a Wilton’s silicone mold pan. You can also use plastic candy molds too. Every collection of colors had a theme according to Maddy! We made a peacock heart, a heart with all the colors she had seen in roses, a chocolate colored heart. We filled each cavity about 2 to 3 crayons high.
I put them in the oven at 250 degrees for about 15 minutes. The Crayola website warns that the room should be well-ventilated!
Let them cool. They should be hardened and ready for you and the kids to make the world more colorful!
My kids were thrilled with their new crayons! Maddy was frustrated at first that she couldn’t use them for detail. But when she saw the rainbow effect and how they changed colors mid-stroke she giggled with excitement! They were great for my two year old. He liked coloring with something larger than the typical skinny crayon. We recycled and had a blast doing it. Share some special time with your kids and have them help with the project!