This is how we spent the morning. I didn’t mean to start into this project, but while I was organizing other things and the kids were getting on my nerves with their bickering, I knew I had to give them a task to do. The crayon basket had already been dumped out and needed to be picked up, and I had the brilliant idea of asking them to sort the broken ones from the others. A bit later, when that task was almost finished, I suggested they take the papers off the broken crayons….more to keep them busy while I finished my task. Only then did I think about actually melting them down to “make colors new” as E put it.
Just so I didn’t find myself in a messy pickle, I did google up a few different tutorials before jumping in. We decided to sort the pieces by color. I sprayed the muffin tin with cooking spray so they would pop out easily when cooled. It definitely did the trick and cleanup was a breeze. I put them straight in the oven at 275 degrees for about 8 minutes. The trickiest part was pulling them out of the oven while hot, but once the tray was safely on the cutting board, all was well.
I let them cool for about 10 minutes on the cutting board, and because all of us were getting impatient and they were still slightly warm, I put them in the freezer for about another 5 minutes. I flipped over the muffin tin and tapped the bottoms with a butter knife and they popped right out. Everyone took a turn coloring with them, and they thought it was the coolest thing ever. I’m just glad it was so easy and thrilling for them. Even superheroes like a good art project!