Ever wonder what to do with all the broken crayons a toddler seems to endlessly generate? I sure did! We had so many crayon pieces that I began compiling what we called our “broken crayon collection” – a plastic bag filled with all the bits and pieces. Travis even comes running now with a broken one, and watches with fascination as I add to our growing pile. It was finally time to do something about it!
Remove the paper wrappers from all the crayons. This is really an adult task, since I recommend making a small slit with an x-acto blade in each wrapper; this way, the two halves peel away easily from the crayon. Preschoolers can probably help with a bit of the peeling and unwrapping though!
Break the crayons into small pieces, and arrange in muffin tins lined with cupcake liners – don’t fill the cupcake liners very high, just a layer or so of crayon pieces on the bottom of each.
Bake at 170 degrees for 20 minutes, until the wax is melted. Cool completely, then peel away the liners.
Kids will be fascinated by the circular shape of these crayons, since they’re used to straight ones, and will love how each crayon produces a “rainbow” of colors, as they rotate it from side to side.
To be 100% honest, Travis turned to me after a bit of exploration, and asked for his “pointy crayons” back. Can’t win ’em all!
Update: Turns out the third time was a charm! When I pulled out our cupcake crayons about ten days later, Travis was suddenly fascinated. He loved the “magical” way that each crayon could change color. “It turned blue!” he would cry with delight. “It turned orange!” We also tested out what he needed to do if he wanted a particular color to appear on the page – perhaps he needed to rotate his wrist, or turn the crayon a certain way? In sum, wonderful exploration.