Here’s a super easy DIY project that even young children can do (with adult supervision and help with the oven, of course!). It’s also a good way to show them that even “old, used” crayons can be recycled into something brand new! Just keep out a container to collect the small crayons until you have enough.
I made these toddler crayons for the loot bags for Freestyle’s 1st birthday. They were colourful and pretty and easy for chubby little hands to grasp! If you have older kids, they still may like them or you could make them as gifts for younger friends, cousins, etc.
DIY Toddler Crayons
- Old crayons too short to use (or a box of new crayons…I did this because I didn’t have a lot of crayons at that point…man, has that changed!)
- Mini muffin pan
- Cooling rack (optional)
What You Do:
1. Preheat the oven to about 275 degrees.
2. Tear off the paper wrapping off the crayons.
I sorted them into colour families because I wanted to make multi-coloured crayons and thought it be easier to mix and match this way.
3. Break up any larger crayons into smaller pieces and then fill the mini muffin tin.
4. Place the tin into the oven for about 10 minutes (or until all the crayons have melted).
5. Now, you can either wait for the crayons to cool or let the tin cool for a few minutes and then put the crayons onto a cooling rack.
If you are making them as a gift, a head’s up: I would keep them separated and then package them at the last minute because once they start rubbing against one another in a bag/box, they get to be flaky and white (wax). You might even consider separating them with a square of tissue paper.
That’s it! A very simple rainy day project!