What To Do With Broken Crayons? - Melt Them!
If you have kids, the chances are good that you have crayons in your house. And if you have crayons in your house, you probably have some broken ones. I went through our wipes container of crayons recently and came up with a pretty big pile of broken crayons and larger, yet worn down ones.
For my kids, once the tips have worn down on the crayons, they think they are unusable. Why would they ever consider peeling a crayon? Well, I decided to make coloring a little more fun for the kids and find a use for all the crayons that no one would touch.
While watching the kids do their school work I proceeded to peel those nubs and break the crayons up into little pieces. I then divided up the crayons among metal muffin tins. I tried to mix up the colors pretty well, and I included all the colors I had in each tin. While I was doing this I let the oven preheat to 350. When I had enough crayons peeled and broken I turned the oven off and placed the muffin tin in the center.
You will want to check the crayons frequently, just turning the oven light on should work. Once the crayons start to look a little soupy remove them from the oven and place them immediately in the freezer. Freeze for 30-45 minutes and remove. The new crayons should pop out easily. Drop them into your hand though, I made the mistake of popping them onto our hard counter and a couple of them cracked. Once back to room temperature they are ready to color with.
My kids have had a lot of fun coloring pictures and cut outs of leaves with these crazy crayons. You never know what color will end up on your paper, because they are all mixed together. You could make this with only a couple of colors instead of all the colors. You could make a crayon for each season even. Oranges, yellows, reds and browns for fall, blues, whites, purples for winter, etc. You could even let the kids design their own.
So now we have no reason to throw out unwanted crayons. Melting these crayons together was easy and fun and didn't cost anything. If you have broken crayons in your house, you should try it or better yet have the kids make them themselves.
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