I don’t know how old you should give children crayons, but we started when G was one year old. It went about as well as you’d imagine. He seemed to enjoy breaking them more than trying to draw with them. I should be thankful he wasn’t trying to eat them.
Around this time I started seeing pins on Pinterest for making fun shaped crayons by melting all the smaller pieces you usually end up with after lots of use (or a small child) in a silicone mold either out in the sun or the oven.
I was beginning to think I was too, considering I started my collection over a year ago and hadn’t done anything with it. But now I can say I finally did do something with it. I made more crayons!
I don’t read directions, so I didn’t look into the pin too much. After G and I removed the paper from the crayons, I decided to break down the crayons with a meat mallet, but that was loud and G wanted to help by banging all the things with it. Then the bag I had the crayons in busted open and little pieces of crayons went all over the place. Deeming that too loud, messy, and dangerous I opted to break the bigger pieces in half myself.
I had bought some star shaped silicone molds with the intention of making some fun cupcake’s for G’s birthday. But I didn’t have time to be that creative (uh, I might have also forgotten I bought them for that purpose). G helped me put crayons into the molds. Then he helped by dumping the crayons out of the molds and all over the floor, and then, when I put the crayons back into the molds, helped by dumping one batch of crayons into another.
I hate how that was trying my patience.
Then we put the molds into the sun. Since we cut down a bunch of trees, our backyard gets a ton of sun. The temps have been in the 90’s this week (part of my motivation to get around to this project), so I thought we’d experiment to see if we’d be able to recycle old crayons using the sun.
It was! I went outside a few time during the melting process to lightly tap the crayons to get the melted wax to fill in spaces.
By the end of the evening we had star shaped crayons. When they had hardened enough not to change shape when touched, I took them out of the molds to finish cooling overnight.
Sadly, G wasn’t much impressed with the finished product, but I am! I think the only bummer was that the colors settled to the bottom of the mold while the crayons melted. I wasn’t expecting that. So, depending on which end you want to color with, you may not see any color on your paper until the crayon wears down to colored wax.
Melting crayons in the sun. Much more useful than frying an egg on the sidewalk.
Have you tried to recycle old crayons using the sun? How did they turn out?