Valentine's Day is typically overrun with chocolates and heart candies. Since my oldest son is in kindergarten this year, I wanted him to be able to bring in something for Valentine's Day that was fun and wouldn't add to the mounds of candy and treats they were sure to get at their party. I figured we'd stretch our "green" muscles and give recycled crayons a try. As with all things, I wanted to make these using things we already had at home. It was a bit of an adventure, but we succeeded and the kids loved the final product!
Gather all materials. We used lots of broken crayons from our crayon bin. We started out using Dixie Cups to melt in, but also ended up using some old pickle and relish jars to melt in as well. Be sure to use jars that can be thrown away when you are finished if you decide to use jars.
The kids got to work separating the crayons by color and peeling the paper off of them. This was a great fine motor skills activity and color sorting project for my four-year-old.
Once all of the crayons were separated and peeled, the kids broke the larger ones into pieces and put them into Dixie cups by color.
I put one color at a time in the microwave for 3-5 minutes. (Note: Microwaves differ so your times may vary. Be careful not to overheat your microwave.)
We took the cups out every few minutes and the kids stirred them with craft sticks. The kids loved watching how the crayons changed from solid to liquid.
Once the wax was frozen, the crayons popped right out of the molds. It was amazing how excited my kids were to color with crayons that were boring and broken earlier that day!