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.

Supplies:
Baking molds (mini muffin pans work too)
Crayons


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.

7 comments:

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!!

Liz

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!!