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Summer Boredom Busters – Sun Melted Crayons

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Thanks for stopping by!  We’re on week 9 on our Summer Boredom Buster series and I can’t believe the summer is almost over.  This week the kids and I took all of our old, broken crayons and turned them into new ones.  This project has been on my radar for awhile since we started putting our broken crayons aside a few months ago.  I don’t know why but as soon as a crayon breaks, my kids don’t like to use it.  Needless to say, we had quite the collection of broken pieces!

Sun Melted Crayons

This project definitely requires a bit of planning but can be done any time of year.  To start, you need the following supplies:

  • Crayons (a perfect excuse to use broken ones but a fresh pack would also work)
  • Silicone mold (like this one)

We decided to do this project during our weekend trip to my parents house.  M was extra excited because Grammy got in on the crayon making fun.  After breakfast one morning, we took out our broken crayons and peeled off any paper still on them.

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After all the paper was removed, we broke them into even smaller pieces to fill the mold better.  Ideally, a mix of sizes would work best.  Then M was in charge of filling the molds with the broken pieces.  This is a fun task to give a little one responsibility for because they can decide how they want to spread the colors out.  M went with a little bit of each color in each mold.

Once they were filled, we put the mold outside in a spot that would get the most sun.  In hindsight, I should have done this project last week during our heat wave but oh well.  The goal was to leave the crayons outside all day, allowing the sun to melt them.  When we checked on our crayons in the afternoon, some were beginning to melt but most were pretty solid still.  I think if our molds were smaller, the sun would have melted them completely.

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Instead, I helped the sun out a bit.  After the kids went to bed, I popped the mold into the over to help the crayons finish melting.  If you wanted to skip the sun melting aspect, you can go straight for the oven.  To melt the crayons, put the mold in the over at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  To prevent a mess in the oven, I’d recommend putting the mold on a baking sheet in case any spills.

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Once they are melted, remove them from the oven and let them sit on the counter until they cool.  I left ours on the counter overnight and M was super excited to see them finished when she woke up the next morning.  The new crayons popped right out of the mold and M immediately took out a coloring book to color.

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The crayons came out really cute and they are fun to use since they leave a rainbow of colors on the page.  I was happy to have something to do with all the broken crayons instead of wasting them too!  This would be a really cute idea for gifts or goodie bags also.

Don’t miss next week’s final Summer Boredom Buster.  I’m hoping to finish out the summer with an outdoor obstacle course the kids will love.  If you’ve missed any of our other Summer Boredom Busters, check them out below.

Week 1: Easy Bird Feeders

Week 2: Water Play – Pretend Dish Washing

Week 3: Chalk Towns

Week 4: Ice Excavations

Week 5: Cotton Ball Painting

Week 6: Homemade Popsicles

Week 7: Giant Bubbles

Week 8: Water Play – Washing the Car

Week 9: Sun melted Crayons

Week 10: Obstacle Course

 

 

 

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