Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Making Rainbow Crayons

As most of you know from reading my blog, we have been homeschooling our oldest daughter for Pre-K this year.  It started out as a "trial run" to see if we would be able to do continue homeschooling long term and it turns out that I absolutely LOVE it and cannot see myself turning back (at least not right now)!  In fact, I've already been planning ahead to start Kindergarten in August!

I just wanted to share one of our fun projects with all of you!  I have been using the Letter of the Week Curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler which I highly recommend for preschoolers!  She has everything planned out so well with great ideas and projects worked right into the lesson plans!



This week we are learning the letter "R."  "R is for Rainbow."  So today we decided to make some rainbow crayons.  As soon as I told my daughters what we were doing they were so excited!  

We started off by sorting through our crayon box.  We took out all the broken or just really old crayons and began tearing all the paper off of them (this was the most time consuming part of the whole project).  After that we simply broke them into small pieces, placed them into a muffin pan and put them straight into a preheated 250 degree oven.  I let them bake for about 12 minutes, just long enough for the crayons to melt.  We then removed them from the oven and let them cool to harden for a few minutes.  As soon as they had hardened they popped right out of the muffin tin very easily and we were ready to color!


These were so simple to make and so much fun for the girls to play with afterwards!  They even stack so nicely which makes it easy to store them away.  I had a blast making these with my girls so I thought I would share.....just in case you have a bunch of old crayons laying around your house like we did!  


What you will need:


  • Used or Broken Crayons
  • Metal Muffin Pan



Instructions:


  • Preheat Oven to 250 Degrees
  • Remove Paper from Crayons and break into smaller pieces
  • Fill muffin tins with the broken pieces
  • Place pan in oven for 10-12 minutes, until crayons are melted
  • Let cool and remove from pan
  • Have a blast coloring!






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