Do you have a lot of broken or small crayons in your craft box that your children don’t like to use anymore? Don’t throw them away. Get creative with your children and remake all of their old and broken crayons into new ones. You can easily make them into any shape or colour that you like. This is a great activity to teach your children about the benefits and fun of reusing and recycling.
What you will need:
- Non-stick or silicon mould
- Baking tray
- Broken or old crayons
- Turn on your oven to 180 degrees.
- Peel off any paper that is wrapped around the old crayons.
- Segment your crayons into piles of colours that you would like to remould them into. You can stick to the same colour groups i.e. pink, green, yellow or mix them up and create multi-coloured crayons by placing a different coloured crayons pieces in the same mould.
- Place the crayons into your moulds. Slightly overfill the moulds as the crayons will fill out the gaps when they melt down.
- Place the moulds onto a tray and then into the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until they are completely melted.
- Once melted, take them out of the oven and transfer them into the fridge to cool down. Leave them in the fridge for an hour.
- Take the moulds out of the fridge and feel the bottom. If the moulds are still warm on the bottom, put them back into the fridge. If they are cool then you can remove them from the fridge.
- Gently stretch the silicon mould to loosen the crayons from the edges. Then gently flip out each crayon from the mould.
- Your kids can now colour and draw with their new and fun crayons.
Warning – melted crayon can burn if it touches the skin. Make sure that children are kept at a distance in this process and that you wear protective clothing.