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Melted Crayons!

July 18, 2011

Don’t be wasteful – Recycle!

Below are two fail-safe recipes for melting all those bits and pieces of crayons otherwise tossed into the rubbish. 

I know you are so excited you’re gathering up all those bits and pieces right now, aren’t you!  Your aspiring young artists will love making these multi-coloured “chubbies” and it is so easy and fun to do.  Plus, it is a great way to teach kids the benefits of recycling and being thrifty.

Best recipe for oven melted crayons:

  1. Gather up old crayon pieces, remove any paper.
  2. Place pieces into paper-lined muffin tins.
  3. Place tins  in a 200-degree oven for just a few minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before removing from tins.  Before the “chubbies” are completely cooled they can be deeply scored with a metal knife allowing them to be broken into smaller sized “chubbies” after they are completely cooled, if you like.

My kids always loved to look through the oven glass window to watch them melt.  And they loved making interesting colours we called “chubbies” by mixing all the colors together.  You can also make one solid and vibrant colour if you like.  There are no rules!

Best recipe for Microwave melted crayons:

  1. Gather old crayon pieces, remove any paper.
  2. Place pieces in a throw away microwave-safe plastic container.  (NOTE: the plastic will stain leaving the container unusable for any food product!)
  3. Microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time; check after each 30 seconds, swirl with plastic spoon or knife until melted.
  4. Remove from microwave, let cool slightly before removing from container.  As with oven melted crayons these can be scored and broken into smaller sized “chubbies”.
  5. Allow to completely cool before using.

The rest of the storyIn 1947 Mamma gave me a box of eight crayons which were immediately broken to bits.  My chubby little fingers apparently the culprit.  I cried over it but Mamma, experienced in a child’s tears knew exactly what to do.  She peeled the paper from the broken bits and put them into a glass dish and placed it out in the direct hot summer sun and told me to wait for my crayons to become something special.  What resulted was a mixture she molded into several rather crocked but sturdy sticks which were not so easy for my chubby fingers to break.  Problem solved!

When I had children of my own I knew exactly what to do with all those multi-coloured bits and pieces of crayons.  And although my children never cried over broken crayons saving all the bits and pieces stretched the crayon budget, taught the concept of “waste not, want not” and recycling before recycling became so fashionable.

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