Recycle those Broken Crayons

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Thought I would share my recycle those broken crayons tip. When I saw the commercial advertising: "Crayola Crayon Maker" my first thought was... cool but I remembered a much BETTER way to melt crayons from old days of summer camp. LOL. 
The BONUS is toddlers go through a LOT of crayons, leaving broken pieces and such and if you have a tot like mine, he easily breaks ANY crayon of ANY brand, so THESE crayons are FUN and DURABLE and EASY TO USE for little hands! Sorry, this craft is just much better than the store brands that "target" small hands and toddlers.

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To Recycle Those Broken Crayons
You Will Need

- LOTS of broken crayon pieces. if you don't have enough pieces, then go to the local dollar store and buy a cheap pack. ALSO, it will be super annoying to peel off the paper. :) 

- Large Ziploc bag and small mallet or toy hammer.

- old egg carton or a few old cups or containers

- muffin tin and baking cups or candy mold

Steps:

1.) Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

2.) Gather all broken crayons and peel the paper off.

3.) Put pieces in Ziploc bag and use hammer to break them into smaller pieces. 

4.) Use egg carton or cups to sort the colors of each crayon you want to make. Example: 1 cup has lots of blues and greens another pinks and purples

5.) Line muffin tin with baking cups or aluminum foil. If OLD muffin tin. then ya don't need to line it.

6.) Fill each muffin tin section about 2/3 full of your crayon pieces assortment.

7.) Put it the oven for 10 min. and Let Cool.

8.) Pop them out the muffin tin and Peel the paper or Foil off your "NEW", better, awesome crayons!!!!

*if using an old muffin tin. after 10 min in the oven, let cool a bit, then put in freezer for 45 min. They will pop right out.

** !!!!! TODDLERS CAN HELP WITH PRETTY MUCH ALL OF THE STEPS BESIDES ANYTHING RELATED TO HEATING OR COOLING. THE WAX ISSSSSSS HOT SO THE KIDS SHOULD NOT HELP WITH THAT PORTION OF THE PROJECT !!!!!! **

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Comments for Recycle those Broken Crayons!!!!
thank you so much 
by: monica 

is so good!!! more than the crayola's one
Great Idea! 
by: Anonymous 

I was wondering how I was going to recycle all of these old broken crayons I collected. Thanks for the wonderful idea:)
Fabulous! 
by: Wendy 

What a fabulous colorful craft! Thank you so much for sharing
Oven Time 
by: Yolanda 

Do you leave them in the oven and turn the heat off or remove and cool? Great project! I like your site!

Anon
This activity on recycling the broken crayons will help to teach lessons of recycling to the children. The recycling idea shared here is so great and my child likes drawing with crayons. Thank you so much for sharing this idea. 

Amazing idea
by: Sara

Wow this is really a cool idea and reminds something about my childhood. We usually throw out the damaged pieces of crayons. By using this concept we can successfully recycle it. Kids can try this but only with adults supervision.
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awesome 

by: annmariapeter

Thank you so much for posting the steps to recycle the broken crayons. I have never heard this before. I didn’t even thought of recycling a crayon. The science is improving with the time. Great post thank you so much once again.

Oven Time
by: Yolanda

Do you leave them in the oven and turn the heat off or remove and cool? Great project! I like your site!

Thank you for all your comments for recycle those broken crayons.

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