T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Friday, July 16, 2010

Star Crayons...Another Toddler Project

It's been a busy week here. I've been working on my policy change paper for my summer graduate nursing class. I promise I'll post more about the paper but for the time being I am about 95% done which means I can justify some non-school computer time. Plus, I've been having too much fun with the kiddos that it's hard to pull myself away. Here's one project T Rex and I did this week.

Sometimes we get crayons when we are out for dinner. For the past couple of years I've been collecting these crayons. I also picked up a large pack at the thrift store for $0.99 just in case the project was a failure. And actually, the first time, it was. But once we found proper instructions, it was a breeze.

Baking molds (mini muffin pans work too)

Remove paper from crayons (run under water - it helps), break into pieces, and place in molds.

T Rex using the crayons to make a rocket to strap onto Buzz Lightyear's back.

Bake at 250 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove when the crayon fragments are entirely melted.

Cool and remove from mold.

Then color!

Bebe Sister LOVED watching her brother color - no one makes her laugh like he does.

Clean up was not too bad but I recommend placing water in the empty used mold and putting it back in the oven for a few minutes. Then pour into sink and scrub with a textured rag or sponge.

These crayons were a good size for T Rex's small toddler hands. Plus, it's just more fun to color with fun shaped crayons than regular ones. I'm thinking this will be an excellent Christmas gift for some special kids.


lizhasalife said...

Awesome project! I've been trying to do more arts and crafts with the kids, but the best I come up with is playdough or coloring on the windows. I've got a lack of creativity....so thank you for the inspiration! I still have our Highlights magazine sitting on the counter, awaiting my attempt to make some playdough!

Have a good weekend!!


PS cloth diaper links...thank you!!!

BallerinaBiker said...

Cute idea!

Camie said...

What a brilliant idea and such a fantastic little project for the kiddos. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

septembermom said...

Thank you so much for another great idea! So much fun.

Jenners said...

I am so doing this with the Little One! we have a bazillion broken crayons around and this would be perfect!!! And guess what? I had a Lego ice cube mold that would be perfect for this!

Nina said...

What a fun idea! I just bought a couple new boxes of crayons at Walmart for 25 cents a box (I love back to school sales). My little guy would really like those since he tends to just break the small crayons.

JKMommy said...

oh awesome - now I regret throwing out all those used crayons from old Sunday School classes in years gone by. I will save them from now on!!