Project: Melted Crazy Crayons
Video Tutorial: crayons
There comes a point when crayons become a bit too stubby to really work well. If this is the case in your house, here is a fun solution that the kids will enjoy helping you with.
1. Gather up all the stubby crayons and remove the paper wrappers. Cut longer crayons into chunks.
2. Place the chunks into metal or silicone cupcake pans. Mix up the colors so you have a nice variety.
3. Place the sheet into a 250 degree oven. Turn on the oven light so kids can watch the crayons melt.
4. After they have melted, carefully remove them from the oven and let them cool off and solidify. Once they have hardened, pop them out of the trays and let the kids try out their crazy color crayons!
Melting Crayons: Swirly Shavings
Another thing to do with crayon shavings is melt them between two pieces of wax paper with an iron set at a low temperature. Sprinkle the shavings in the center of a piece of wax paper and cover it with the other piece. Gently press the iron to melt the shavings and working from the center, carefully coax the colors out to the sides of the wax paper. Let the paper cool before cutting it into shapes.
It is best to put paper towels underneath the wax paper or use an old ironing board cover to do this project as melted wax can easily make a mess. Also, be sure to thoroughly clean the bottom of the iron for any lingering wax.
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