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Last week I popped a picture up on Instagram of the children I setting about with recycling wax crayons. I hadn’t intended to blog it, but I had so many questions about how I did it that I thought there was some merit in sharing this on the blog.
If your house is anything like mine, you probably have a tub full of wax crayons, either those that have come free with meal deals, given in party bags or just from the various colouring sets that the children have. We have so many, and some are broken so I decided we would make some into some fun shapes.
We first got out our box of crayons and the children identified those that were broken and set about peeling off any paper wrapping. Whilst they were doing that I got a silicone cake mould and gave it a quick rinse out and sprayed a little oil in. Spraying the oil just helps the crayons come out once they have set.
Once we had peeled the paper off the crayons we popped them into the cake moulds. Some we filled with crayons of the same colour, and for the others we just popped in any colours that we had. The children really enjoyed doing this and breaking the crayons into smaller pieces if needed.
We then popped them onto a baking tray and into the oven at a low temp for a short while. Once the crayons had fully melted we took them out the oven and left them to cool. Ours were left for a long while as we ended up getting out in the good weather.
Once we went back to them they had cooled nicely and were easy enough to pop out of the moulds.
The crayons are lovely and chunky and the children were excited to see how they had turned out. Not a bad way to use up old and broken crayons. They are very tactile too as they retain lots of detailing from the moulds. The children really liked feeling the grooves and dots on the various bugs we had made. And of course using the different parts of each one to draw different colours.