Thursday, March 6, 2014

Making Crayon Shapes

Here's another great activity you can do with your kids to occupy some time on a raining/snowy day.  This one comes from the Cool Science Mom who looked up the procedure and walked our daughters through it. My girls have a ton of crayons, many of which are small and not used anymore.  Instead of tossing them, we melted them down and made crayons shapes out of them.  It's a very simple procedure.  Simply remove all paper from the crayon, break the crayon into very small pieces.  Place the pieces in a mold of some type.  Be creative and mix colors.  Then put the mold in the oven for a few minutes until the crayon melts into a liquid.  Once melted, take the mold out and let it cool.  Use a toothpick to slightly mix the colors into cool swirls.  Now you have shaped crayons that are a cool mix of colors!  Here are my girls' masterpieces.

My daughters included them as a small gift in each of the Valentine Day cards they sent to friends and family.  

1 comment:

  1. As the Cool Science Mom overseeing this project, here's couple things I feel like I should mention about this project.
    1. The wax will ruin your mold, so if you're thinking you're going to use the jello jiggle mold and still use it later for jello, don't. I didn't have any other purpose for using the mold pictured above, so I didn't care but know, it won't be food safe afterwards.
    2. Do not let wax go down your sink drain during clean up. I didn't learn this by mistake (otherwise I'm sure they're would be a blog about it by Cool Science Dad) but I wanted to point it out! It clogs the drain and causes problems, so make sure you clean up as much as you can with paper towels that can go in the trash and not rinsed down the sink.
    The girls had a great time making these and they turned out cute.