Thursday, June 16, 2011

Crayon Meltdown

Ethylwolfe's last day of Kindergarten was last Wednesday.  It was a sad and joyful day.  Sad that my little guy has already finished his first year of school.  But glad to have him all to myself for 6 weeks.  Happy that he learned so much and happy that he has a love for school!

I wanted his classmates to have a nice parting gift because I've come to know them so well and we had such a great year together.  Monday, we threw a pizza party and then Wednesday, Ethylwolfe brought in these awesome gifts.

These are simple and fun to make.

If you would like to make them with your kids, here's how:

Items needed:
Old pieces of broken crayons
Oven safe mold (like a cupcake pan)
**Be warned, after using your molds for this, you can't use them for cooking again**

  • Preheat oven to 250
  • Remove paper from all pieces of crayons
  • Break crayons into 1in pieces
  • Fill molds with crayons {You can do coordinating colors or random, whatever the kids want.}
  • Melt crayons in the oven, approximately 15 minutes depending on number of pieces in each mold.
  • Remove mold from Oven and place on a cooling rack.
  • Once wax has started to solidify, place in the fridge for 30 min and voila! you have colorful crayon rubs!
We cut up squares from cereal boxes, wrote "have a great summer" and Ethylwolfe handed them out on his own.  The kids LOVED their gifts, and we made extras to have at home.  We used cheap-O crayons and they worked fine.  I hear crayola works better, so maybe we'll try them next time to compare {there will definitely be a next time}.  My kids LOVE using them and they are very proud that they made them themselves.  They are awesome for rubs of plants and large coloring projects.  Have fun!


Jane said...

As always - good mommy. Love your creativity. Doesn't hurt a kid to have a cool Mom when they are in school.

Candi said...

I made these once with tin foil cupcake liners and then when they were partially hardened, we bore holes in the middle and added strings for necklaces. It worked good and and we didn't lose any pans in the process. I really love the different shapes you have though...might have to keep my eye open at Goodwill for one like that!