Thursday, August 28, 2014

DIY Crayons {Recycling Project for Kids}

If you are like us, the beautiful new box of crayons don't stay that way for long.  Those long crayons end up breaking and over time you are left with a box of lots of little crayon pieces that are just too small to really use.  Instead of throwing them away, try this fun recycling project and help your kids learn to be creative and reuse these little crayon pieces to make DIY crayons!

We started with Rachel using a muffin tin to separate the crayon pieces by color.  She loves these kinds of sorting activities!  Then we pulled out a little silicone baking mold of butterflies, ladybugs, and bees.  She filled each of the mold cups with the little crayon pieces.

sorting colored crayons

Here full mold looked like this:

Crayon pieces in silicone mold

We put the mold on a cookie sheet and placed it in the oven at 200 degrees for about 30 minutes until the crayons were completely melted.  We let them cool then very carefully popped them out of the mold.  They turned out to be big beautiful crayons that she can use again...or just keep because they look so cool!

DIY Crayons for kids

Nicholas thought this was such a cool project that he asked to make some crayons of his own.  

We found this cute silicone Lego minifigure mold on Amazon (affiliate link)


And also this cool Lego brick mold there as well (affiliate link)


As soon as the molds came in, Nicholas grabbed the leftover crayon pieces and went to work. 

Lego silicone molds

This has been such a fun and easy project for the kids plus it is a great way to teach them about reusing and recycling things that they might have just thrown away.

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