Recycle old crayons

Naptime Gnome Post #25

Drab, dreary, dejects to CRAZY COOL CRAYONS!  DSCN8932 The Problem:
The little bear refuses to use any portion of a broken crayon. In order to be used the tip, wrapper and all other aspects of the crayon must be perfectly intact. This results in an ever growing collection of castoffs.

Solution:
What was old, now is new! Melt down those old nubs, tips, and in our case, even a few seemingly whole crayons, into a fun new play thing!

Crayon Recycle Project
Crafty Gnomes: 1
Time to Complete: 1 naptime with time to spare! You can even have the littles help before nap! Bake and chill while they rest!
DSCN8929Supplies and Tools
  • Stash of old broken crayons
  • Mold of your choice (candy, soap, even cupcake cups work well too, this silicone baking mold is quite nice, but note that the mold may become devoted to crayons and soap as they do not come entirely clean)

Method:

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Remove wrappers and break into smaller pieces. Sort into individual recesses based on color, or mix them for rainbow crayons (in this event, skip the mixing step later). Don’t worry, the pink ribbon is not mandatory, simply a crayon sorting accessory. <:’)

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Fill cups to the top, and understand that they will reduce by about 1/3 – 1/2 so you may want to add more once melted if your mold isn’t very deep. NOTE: We found this to be a really fun color recognition and sorting exercise for Bug.

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Bake in the oven at 250ºF for 10 to 20 minutes, stirring periodically until completely melted. You can also melt in the microwave checking and stirring every 30 seconds to a minute, just be sure not to use a metal form in the microwave <;’)… I don’t know about you, but I get excited and forget sometimes!

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Let cool on the counter until hard, then place in the fridge or freezer for about 15 minutes (the chilling is optional, but they pop out super easy when chilled).

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TIME TO PLAY!

Even Little Bear is a fan!image_4

ENJOY!

-The Naptime Gnome <;’)

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