Recycled Crayons w/ Miss Diana

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Ready to reduce, reuse, recycle? Miss Diana brings you a tutorial on how to go green in your very own home!

This video is 4 minutes in length and is recommended for children ages 18 months to 5-years-old.

Supplies / Ingredients needed

  • Muffin Tin (Metal or Silicone)
  • *Cupcake Liners
  • Various Broken Crayons
  • An Oven

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and gather your materials: a muffin tin, liners, and crayons.
  2. Introduce reusing and recycling old materials with your little one by opening a crayon box or bin and searching for the broken bits. Your little one can search too! This gives them the opportunity to observe different characteristics of the crayon. Is it short or broken? Are there some dull and some sharp? Introducing vocabulary while your little one practices sorting skills!
  3. Assist your little one in practicing their fine motor abilities by modeling how to peel the paper off the crayons and allowing them to attempt it too. This may be challenging depending on the crayon and your child’s fine motor skills, so make sure to lend a helping hand!
  4. Once wrappers are off, your child can also practice their fine motor strength by trying to snap the old crayons into smaller pieces.
  5. Prep your muffin tin with a couple of cupcake liners to help lessen clean up and prevent residue on your tins, however, plain metal has the best results upon removal.
  6. Fill the muffin tin with the bits of crayons. You can use this time to introduce colors to younger children and practice color sorting, or explore predictions of color combos and mixing with older children. Whether your soon-to-be crayon is a solid color or rainbow, once you have a little less than half of a single muffin mold filled, it is ready to go into the oven.
  7. Place metal muffin tins directly on the rack or place silicone molds on a baking sheet then place in the oven for about 5 minutes. Depending on the size and types of crayons, this could be more or less, but as soon as the crayons are completely melted, they are ready to come out and cool.
  8. Allow your crayons several minutes to even a half hour to cool completely. To speed up cooling, you can even place tins in the fridge or freezer.
  9. Once crayons are completely cooled, you can pop or peel them out of the molds or liners. If you used a metal muffin tin, they should just slide on out with ease if you tilt the tin.
  10. Once out, they are ready to use! Enjoy!

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