Recycled Crayons

My boys love to watch Fireman Sam on Netflix. Little Man is nothing short of obsessed with the show and runs around the house saying “Watch Ham” all day. There are times when it would be nice to let them “Watch Ham” all day, so I could get tons of stuff done, but that would be the easy way out. I usually let them watch it for about an hour or so after dinner before we put them to bed, and an occasional episode during the day if I am truly at my wit’s end.

Today was a cold and rainy day, and I was very tempted to let them “Watch Ham” all day. Instead of completely giving in, I tried to balance “Ham” with a few fun activities. One of the activities we all enjoyed was this little crayon project.

My boys do not like to color with crayons. They are marker people. So I thought we would have a little fun with their crayons in a different way. I laid out a big sheet of drawing paper on the kitchen floor and the three of us sat there and tore the paper off all their crayons and broke them into smaller pieces. This held their attention for quite some time.

Then I greased my mini muffin pan and we sorted the crayons into little color families. This was my favorite part. I probably got a little too into it. (I recommend Cooking Spray for your pan, but I was out so I used my Wilton’s Cake Release.)

While we were working on this, I had the oven preheating to 250 degrees. When we finished sorting our colors, I placed the muffin pan in the oven for about 10 minutes. Once the crayons had melted, I pulled the pan out and let it cool for a while. When the pan was cool to the touch, I placed it in the fridge for about an hour. After that, all I had to do was turn the pan over and the crayons fell right out.

I am thinking that maybe these shapes will interest the boys a bit more than the traditional crayons, especially for our big sheets of paper. And I think these will be great for doing crayon rubbings of leaves and other objects.

I think these would make great birthday party favors too. And if you had a heart shaped mini muffin pan, you could make them for Valentine’s Day!

Even if my boys still don’t care to use them, they sure will look cute on display in a mason jar in the playroom. The important thing is that we had fun making them together. And for me, it is much about the process as it is the product.

Always,

Amanda



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