Now that school is out for the summer, I like to get rid of supplies that are worn out or no longer needed. I got our crayon box out, and was ready to trash a pile of broken ones.
My kids wouldn’t have it. Like most children, they’re into holding on to items that are ACTUALLY trash…. your kids ever do that? I often insist… “no, that’s really trash, we don’t need to keep it”.
I took their advice on this one, and we recycled the crayons into new ones. It was a good fine motor exercise, color sorting and science experience watching them go from solid to liquid, back to solid. We had fun!
Here’s how you do it.
Bunch of old broken crayons, paper peeled off
Silicon form, we used mini cupcake cups
Preheat oven to 350
Break the crayons into small pieces, fitting into the mold. We sorted by color, but multi-color ones are fun too!
Place silicon mold on a cooking sheet and cook for 20 minutes. Once all the crayons are melted, remove from oven. Let sit for 30-45 until fully cooled. Pop the new crayons out of the silicon mold.
There ya go, brand new colors and shapes, color away!