Make Your Own Crayons with Preschoolers
Crayons are a fantastic first writing and creating tool for preschoolers. They come in a wide variety of colors, are fantastic for fine motor development and they're budget friendly. Broken crayons are inevitable, especially for young budding artists learning how much force to use and experimenting endlessly. Here is a great way to use up those broken pieces and make them new again.
Follow along with this tutorial for turning your old broken crayons into classroom gems that your preschoolers will love.
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Teacher Tip: Before starting this activity have your preschools sort the broken crayons by color and have them remove the peeling. This is an excellent and natural way to build fine motor skills and work on sorting.
Start by pre-heating oven to 275 degrees and prepare a muffin tin with a very light coat of vegetable oil.
Teacher tip: Depending on your classroom or school, you may not have access to an oven but you can also make the crayons in a portable toaster oven. You can also make these in silicone muffin molds, too! You could also try setting these out in the sun for a few days to see if they melt in the sun.
Place crayons 6-8 crayon pieces in each tin, you can use similar shades of colors or different colors all together.
Heat in the oven just until the crayons are completely melted, about 10 minutes Place muffin tin on a cooling rack and cool completely before using.
Teacher tip: Melted crayons are great for teaching color mixing and holiday gifts for students. One of my favorites is mixing blue and green to make Earth Day crayons!
Turn muffin tin over to pop out the crayons and enjoy right away. This is definitely a fun activity to incorporate during your recycling theme to talk about how we can turn something broken into a new classroom supply!
Teacher tip: Using silicone molds will allow you to make different shapes and sizes. Also try this with mini muffin tins, too!
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