Fun Easy Shapes Molded Crayons
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What do you do with all those crayons that don’t have space left for a good sharp surface? These easy shapes molded crayons are super fun to make and lots of fun to use. And they are a great way to cut down on waste!
We love to color. And we love brand-new crayons with pointy tips! I don’t want to use an old dull flat one. Blech! And we are Crayola snobs too. They color so much better. So I hate when anyone wags up some rose art in here or some other yucky kind of waxy crayon that won’t color. Boo!
So what can we do with all the crayons the kids accidentally break or all the ones that are past their coloring prime? Melt them down and make new ones! Now they have new life and a new purpose.
They are adorable and can be made in any shape you can find a silicone mold for. I love the idea of making them for birthday party goodie bags or Christmas or other holiday gifts for the kid’s friends in daycare or school. Or you can make them for your daycare kids for gifts. So fun! Make heart ones for the perfect Valentine gift for your kids.
You can use molds that match your party theme or for special days or holidays and match that event. Hearts for valentine’s day, stars for Christmas, or whatever. It’s even a fun activity to do with the kids. They can peel and break up the crayons and you can cook them. You’re teaching them to recycle and upcycle instead of wasting resources. I love it.
And these fat thick crayon shapes are easier to use for chubby toddler hands as well. Wonderful fine motor skill development activity. They can learn colors while doing it as well.
How to make molded crayons
I guess the hardest part is getting all the papers off. Newer crayons are harder to peel. If you have older crayons, the wrappers tend to lose up. Make sure to peel them from the seam where the wrapper is the weakest.
Make sure to give yourself plenty of time for this part and be prepared for a mess.
Make sure the crayons are in as small of pieces as possible for consistent melting. I like using a knife after the kids have broken them all up.
Then fill the molds keeping in mind what color you want to end up with. Make sure to mound them up because they take up less room once melted.
Melt crayons in oven
Once they are done melting, you can pop them in the freezer for a few minutes and this helps them pop out of the molds easier.
So now, you just need to search around for a cute mold. You can look in the candy-making section and craft section. Making the letters of kids’ names is fun too.
You could give the homemade molded crayons with some coordinating coloring pages or some paper. Just roll it up and tie it with a cute bow and add the crayons in small cello bags to the bow. So fun!
If you want to make glitter crayons (and what kid won’t love that?) you can sprinkle some glitter in the mold and then mount up the crayons. It will mix in a bit, but most of it will be on the top making it sparkle. Or you could use glitter crayons to start with.
You can make your crayons is simple shapes like squares, circles, and triangles to help the kids learn shapes as well. For more ways to teach shapes, check these out:
How to make crayons in silicone molds
Fun and Easy Shapes Melted Crayons
- Silicone mold
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
- Peel off any paper from the crayons.
- Break the crayons into small pieces, using your hands or a sharp knife.
- Set your mold on a baking sheet to keep it sturdy moving to and from the oven.
- Fill mold cavities with crayon pieces.
- Bake for 10 minutes or so, or until the crayons are fully melted.
- Remove from the oven, and let cool completely.
- Remove crayons from mold.
For more fun activities for home daycare, check these out.