Monday, March 12, 2012

Cupcake Crayons

I LOVE this activity!  This is perfect to recycle those old and broken crayons that are just taking up space.  These homemade crayons are easy for small hands to hold and they produced bright colors and patterns.

Here is our pile of old crayons.  I picked through and kept the good ones and used the rest for this activity. 

Age: 18-40 months
  • Old crayons and crayon pieces
  • muffin tin
  • paper muffin or cupcake liners

  1. Discards black, brown and grey crayons
  2. Remove paper from all the crayons
  3. break remaining crayons into small pieces no more than 1/2 inch long. 
  4. Distribute crayon pieces into muffin tins lined with liners.
  5. Bake at 300 degrees about 15-20 minutes until all the crayons have melted together. 
  6. When cool, remove the new cupcake crayons from the tins - they will be ready to use!

I was a little nervous when they first came out of the oven!

But let them cool, take the wrappers off and flip them over!  Viola!!!!!

I think this is a great way to recycle old crayons!  If you have enough like we did, you might just want to melt all the reds together, all the blues together, etc and create a single colored crayon.  Either way, it is fun!

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