Hey hey! Hope you’re having a fine Tuesday. So were you ready for the kids to start school again this week, or were you sad to see the break end? Our holidays were so busy that it actually went too fast for me. I enjoyed having our oldest home, but we didn’t have near enough downtime. Luckily, we have a few long weekends coming up, so I’m hoping we can make the most of those. And by that I mean, do absolutely nothing.
I remember when our kids were babies…winter days seemed interminable. I was always looking for stuff to keep us busy. In case you’re in that stage of life, I’ve got a great activity for you today. Our youngest and I made these crayons a few weeks ago, actually, and had a ton of fun doing it! It’s funny…now that we’re all so busy, I really miss the days when we got to do more of this kind of thing. Anyway, the crayons were really easy to make, and we loved the results. Here’s how to make ’em.
Nap Rating = well, I didn’t give it one because it would kinda defeat the purpose to make these while your kids are asleep
Tools & Materials
- Broken, used-up crayons
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Silicone ice cube tray (mine came from IKEA)
- Cookie sheet
- Separate the crayons into piles of similar colors.
- Peel the paper off all the crayons.
- Chop them into smallish pieces, keeping them separated by color
- Fill the silicone ice cube tray with the crayon pieces. We wanted most of our hearts to be a solid color, but we made a few of them “rainbow” for fun.
- Place the ice cube tray on the cookie sheet (this just helps stabilize the ice cube tray, which can get wobbly) and bake in a preheated 250 degree oven for about 15 minutes, but peek every so often to see how they’re doing.
- Once they look melted, remove the sheet carefully so as not to mix the colors too much, and place on the counter for about 15 minutes until cooled enough to transfer to the freezer.
- Place the ice cube tray in the freezer for another 15 minutes or so, until they are nice and hardened.
- Pop your new crayons out of the tray and make sure to have paper on hand for immediate coloring!
I hope you and your little one(s) have as much fun with this as we did.