Monday, August 6, 2007

Making Crayon Wafers

Hunter has a crayon box that has quite a few broken, tiny pieces of crayons in it, which many people just throw away, but I got an idea of something creative to do with them.

So today when his cousin came over, I had them take the box of crayons and sort them all by colors into different sections of a muffin tin. This was a good activity in color discrimination, as some of the color crayons were hard to tell (i.e., some of the purple ones looked almost blue).

After they sorted out all the colors, we put the muffin tin in the oven at 200 degrees and kept checking on them until they were melted. Then, viola! Crayon wafers that you could color with.

The only problem was that when they were done cooling, the wax had sort of separated itself, almost like the oil and water effect, meaning that the top half of the crayon can't really be colored with because it's almost pure wax, no color. So next time we recycle old crayons, I'll make sure that when I take them out of the oven I stir all of the colors every minute or so so that as it cools, it doesn't get the chance to separate.

Also, I would definitely spray some cooking spray in the bottom to make the crayons easier to pop out, cause they sure didn't come out easy! But all in all, it was a really fun activity and a fun way to reuse old things.

"Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud."
Proverbs 16:19
Hunter is 2 years, 4 months old

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