By: Amy Miller
Nannies, we all know about broken crayons, right?
My charges have tons of crayons! Crayons in the basement! Crayons in the art boxes! Crayons in the book bags! There are even crayons at Miss Amy’s house. At some point most of them end up broken. Instead of throwing these broken crayons away recycle, reuse, and try one of these ideas.
Make Your Own Crayons
(picture from somewhatsimple.com)
1. Separate crayons into like color groups. (or mix it up & make your own colors)
2. Place the groups of crayons in a cupcake baking pan. (Do not spray the pan!)
3. Bake crayons @ 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
4. Put the crayons (still in baking pan) into the freezer for 10 minutes.
5. The crayons should pop out easily.
The girls loved them and it made for hours of fun. If you have a toddler, the shape and size, is perfect for their small hands to grip on to. You could also use molds of different shapes such as hearts.
Crayons To Candles
For about $10 you can turn a mess of broken crayons into beautiful candles. This would be a project for older children and needs supervision, but it looks fun! For instructions on this craft check out Instructables.
What does a recycled egg carton & broken crayons have in common?
A great storage solution!
This is an organizing project even the kids will love!
Simple & Easy and Fun & Educational.
All you need is an egg carton. Any size works, but the large egg cartons will give you more room for storage. Have the kids separate all the crayons into groups of like colors. This is fun for the kids, but aren’t we sneaky? This is also a great color learning activity for younger children. Once all the crayons are separated, place each colored group into the departments of the egg cartoon. Now you have a creative, but organized storage solution for all those broken crayons.
So… Don’t Throw Those Broken Crayons Away!!!