Need Space Activity: Making Crayons
At first glance, this may not seem like an activity that would give you, the parent, a moment of peace, quiet, and space, especially when you consider an oven is involved. I didn’t think it was going to be a Need Space activity either, until I watched my kids happily and independently working away to fill the molds with broken crayons. They spent so long doing this, selecting the crayons, testing out their colors on scrap paper, breaking them up more, that I found I was able to step away for a measurable amount of time! Then of course I stepped back in to handle the oven melting part, and when the new crayons cooled, I got another moment of space as they excitedly tried out their new master pieces!
- Any silicone baking mold. We found these pumpkin ones at Target relatively cheap in their holiday section this fall. Major craft stores like Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, and Hobby Lobby also carry ones with fun shapes-bring coupons! **Note: your mold will smell strongly of crayons after this, you may not want to re-use it for baking.
- Old crayons (or new if you want to extend your time by having the kids peel off their papers!)
- Scrap paper (for testing crayon colors)
Just set the kids down in a crayon safe area (but Magic Eraser does a great job taking crayons off the walls, just in case!)
I gave them scraps of paper so they could test out colors before adding to the molds. They liked this, especially when trying to determine which dark crayons were purple!
Give them a box of old crayons and the silicone mold and tell them to fill it up! When heating they’ll drop by about a 1/3 in the molds so it’s OK to stuff the mold and fill them to the brim.
Set oven to 250 and bake until melted. For our mold size and shape this took about 20 minutes but I’ve read other sites say it only took about 10 minutes. Let cool when done and then pop out of molds. Color away!
My girls, age 5 and 3 at the time, spent about 20 minutes sorting, selecting, and breaking up crayons. With a whole sheet of pumpkin molds to fill, this kept them happily entertained. When baking, they asked for the oven light on so they could check their progress. Once done, they spent even more time trying out the coloring with all they new creations! I was pleasantly surprised with how much breathing room this activity granted me, though I admit, I did jump in and make a few with them! This will be a repeat activity for sure!
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