Recycle your old color crayons into new ones!
Over the past 10 years Cole has accumulated more crayons in our house than I can count! Restaurant crayons make up a large portion. After working in the restaurant business I noticed thousands of crayons were being thrown away from the kids meal sets. Each crayon set is packaged by 2 or 4 and then tossed after use, but I suppose that is sanitary. Either way, Cole wanted to keep all of his crayons and so we did! The other random crayons came from kid craft sets, gifts and the boxes that were sent back at the end of each school year. There might even be a few road-side, sidewalk crayons in there. A couple times, when Cole was little, we would smash up the crayons and make jumbo-crayons. Fun for little hands and a free new crayon.
Non-stick Cooking Spray
1. Heat oven 300 degrees.
2. Line muffin pan cups with foil.
3. Spray the foil very lightly with non-stick cooking spray (makes crayons easier to remove).
4. Break old crayons into tiny pieces, less than an inch.
5. Fill the muffin pan cups with crayon pieces. Fill each cup with like colors OR mix colors.
6. Place muffin tin in the oven.
7. Leave tin in oven until all the crayon pieces are melted.
8. Remove from oven and let cool.
9. Once cooled pop out the crayons and try them!
Oven time will vary depending on how many crayons you use.
For fun shaped crayons try using candy molds.