Recycle old crayons that are too short to draw with to make new crayons in fun shapes.
Heat makes a crayon a little loopy; it may melt into a swirl or pool into a whirl. With this in mind, we chopped up crayons and baked them in shaped mini cake tins, making large blocks that are easy for toddlers to hold and will surely inspire older artists.
Encourage kids to come up with their own combinations—a blue-and-white blend for drawing the sky, or a mix of reds and oranges for sunsets.
|Tools and Materials : old crayons, kitchen knife, mini cake tins
- Parents can use the knife to chop crayons into pea-size pieces, taking care to keep colors separate so kids can combine them as they like.
- Preheat the oven to 150°F while children fill the tin with crayon pieces, arranging them in interesting designs.
- Bake just until the waxes have melted, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove the shapes after they have cooled. If they stick, place the tray in the freezer for an hour, and the crayons will pop right out.
— courtesy of Martha Stewart Kids