Sunday, October 10, 2010

melted crayon success

Joseph obsessively breaks his crayons into conveniently sized choking hazards that the babies can't get enough of. I was going to throw all those sad little pieces away and pretend they got lost but instead we melted them in some silicone muffin cups. 300 degrees for 5 minutes, that is all it takes. And my muffin cups are still pristine; I had heard that melting crayons can do horrible things to metal muffin cups, so I think silicone is the key to success. Joseph was transfixed throughout the process--he pretty much thinks I'm an alchemist. I have never been so impressive. I think you could probably get better results if you tried to color-coordinate the crayon scraps. Our color scheme here was entirely kid-directed, so you get what you get.

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3 comments:

Tammie said...

i did this once when my son was younger, and yep our color scheme was much like yours. and if i remember correctly, our homemade crayon pucks never really got used. but making them was fun.

NiaRaie said...

Ha, I totally remember doing that at my daycare when I was younger. Except, I think we melted the crayons down slightly and wrote on wax paper or something like that.

Christina Bunton said...

you could try seperating them by colour and melting them into new squarish crayons?