Upcycle Old Crayons!
A Fun Student Activity Inspired by The Crayon Box That Talked
by Alexie Basil
Got unusable crayon nubs? Upcycle them into tie-dye creations your students will love!
YOU WILL NEED
• Crayons (The more worn down the better!)
• Medium-size bowl
• Silicone molds (Oven safe—go wild with the shapes! We got ours on Amazon)
• Cookie sheet
Preheat oven to 200°F.
Put your crayons into medium-size bowl. Fill the bowl with water until all the crayons are completely submerged. Let them sit until the wrappers start to fall off (it begins happening almost immediately!). Pop the crayons out of the wrappers.
PRO TIP: Some wrappers will be more stuck than others. If you’re struggling to get a wrapper off, leave that one in the water longer. However, some may need to be peeled more carefully.
Fill the silicone molds with crayons. Be sure to break the crayons into small pieces and overfill the molds slightly, as the wax will settle.
PRO TIP: Plan your color coordination beforehand. What colors would look nice together? The possibilities are endless!
Place molds on top of cookie sheet. Put the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the crayons are completely melted.
Remove the crayons from the oven and allow to cool. If you have access to a freezer, that can speed up the process! After they’ve cooled, gently pop the crayons out of the molds.
Distribute to your students as fun in-class rewards!
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