Melted Crayon Pumpkins

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After melting crayons to make planets, Travis wanted more melt-y fun this morning. So we thought we could decorate pumpkins this way!

Our pack of crayons had multiple hues in the red, orange, and yellow family, so I took all those from the box and soaked them briefly in water. This will help the wrappers slip right off. Snap each crayon in half.

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At first we tried arranging them around the stem of our medium-sized pumpkins, but realized they were going to slide off, as they was not enough surface area to rest on.

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So then we thought to do the project on our biggest pumpkin, even though the original intent was to save this one for carving. Now, although the crayons could balance, they flew off as soon as we turned the hair dryer on!

Thinking quickly, we backtracked to our medium pumpkins (phew, the big guy can safely await carving day), but this time I used a dab of hot glue to secure each crayon near the stem.

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Success! Now we could turn the hair dryer to high heat without the crayons flying off. It’ll take a few moments of patience, but sure enough, they’ll begin to ooze and melt.

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This was fantastic fun, all the more so because the goriness of melting crayons just feels downright Halloween-y. It takes longer than I would have thought, but Travis insisted on watching every dripping, melting moment.

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He loved when rivulets of wax would drip down but cool almost instantly (in much the same way that icicles form), leaving neat strings of wax behind.

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These were fun to snap off, too!

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Keep going until all your crayons are completely melted.

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One note of caution: the melted wax will fly further than you think, due to the force of air coming out of the hair dryer. So be sure to cover your surface area completely with wax paper or newspaper.

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The end result is a beautiful way to decorate your pumpkins with no carving knife!

Halloween Countdown Day 18: Have a Devilish Breakfast

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Today’s activity in our countdown to Halloween was simple as could be. Serve up a devilish breakfast and you’ll have notched off another day on the calendar before the kids even get dressed!

What counts as a devilish breakfast? Anything pumpkin-flavored would fit the bill. To wit, we dined on homemade Pumpkin Waffles.

The kids even wanted to eat in costume! Just make sure your brood is careful of sticky syrup if you do the same. To make breakfast even spookier, kids can create faces on the waffles with pieces of fruit.

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What other spooky breakfasts can you think of? Please share in the comments!

Pumpkin Belgian Waffles

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No Harvest-themed crate could be complete without fall’s signature flavor: pumpkin! Bonus points if you puree your own fresh sugar pie pumpkin for this recipe, but we skipped that step and just used canned.

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Scant 1 and 1/4 cups plain soy milk
  • 2 Ener-G eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup melted Earth Balance butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Maple syrup
  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt; set aside.
  2. Pour the cider vinegar into a liquid measuring cup and add the soy milk to equal 1 and 1/4 cups. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Combine the soy milk mixture with the Ener-G eggs, pumpkin, melted butter, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Scoop the batter into a preheated waffle iron (about 1/4 cup per waffle) and cook for about 5 minutes, or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Drizzle with maple syrup to taste!

Melted Crayon Planets

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Here’s a novel way to talk about the different colors of the various planets in our Solar System, while making a neat piece of art. Kids are sure to love this craft because anything involving melted crayons is just cool.

We only had two paper plates, so decided to make a blue and green one for Earth and a orange and yellow one for Jupiter.

I cut the wrappers from jumbo crayons, and first we tried making small pieces by grating them on the large holes of a grater.

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This didn’t work that well, so I ended up chopping the crayons with a knife instead. Arrange the pieces as you want them to look on each paper plate, then begin microwaving at about 1 minute intervals until the wax melts (you may need less time, depending how thick your crayon pieces are).

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As they start to melt, swirl the colors into the design you want with a toothpick. Our Earth came out pretty neat!

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The orange and yellow, unfortunately, mostly just blurred together for Jupiter, but we added next textured lines with a toothpick.

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Without even a single prompt, Travis realized, “Mom, we need the giant red spot!”. Simply add pieces of red crayon to one portion of your plate for that.

If you have enough plates and crayons, go ahead and make all eight planets!