craft: toddler-friendly crayons

Ever since Jonah first began coloring, I’ve been collecting the many broken pieces in a snack bag.  We’ve tried both the regular-sized crayons and the thicker ones, but it doesn’t matter.  They all get broken.  Once the bag got full, I decided we needed to melt them down to make new crayons!  Yesterday, we went to a thrift store right down the street and got a mini muffin tin for 75 cents.

The amount of pieces I had ended up being pretty much perfect.

Here are most of the wrappers.  When I started tearing the wrappers off, I thought, “I don’t know what people are complaining about!  This isn’t so hard.”  By the time I was halfway through, I wanted to tear out my hair.  I think I’ll have crayon under my fingernails for a few days.

Jonah played patiently while I worked.

Then we had some cuddle time while they baked.  This boy has been very cuddly lately.

The directions I followed said to put them in the freezer to cool and harden, which I did.  But mine ended up cracking.  Not sure what I did wrong.  Our crayons don’t look quite as pretty as some I’ve seen.  Most of Jonah’s broken ones were darker colors, for some reason.  They still look pretty neat, though.

Jonah wasn’t too sure what to think of them!  But hopefully he’ll like them, because I think (and hope) they’ll be harder to break than regular crayons.

Anyone have any other inexpensive or free toddler-friendly craft ideas?  I love that this one only cost us 75 cents!

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4 responses to “craft: toddler-friendly crayons

  1. so cool! i saw these on pinterest!

  2. We did this, but with thrifted candy molds (use what you have, right?) Ours didn’t crack after the freezer, but I think it is because they were smaller than the ones in a muffin tin. We make a lot of homemade play-dough right now as well. I think Aubrey has as much fun making it as she does playing with it later!

  3. Whoa… You just made my day! And my week and my month and my year! I have kids who love crayons but they break them all the time! I just toss them after that. I guess we all know what I’m going to do to the broken bits from now on! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!