Shwew! The temperatures around here definitely have been screaming “SUMMER!” What better fun than show the kids just what the heat can do…by melting our old crayons into new, star-shaped ones! (After all, you need star crayons for the 4th of July!)
Start the process by having the kids peel the paper from the broken crayons. This is great for fine motor skills. Then, have them break the crayons into pieces. In a world where kids are told not to break crayons, this is sure to be a hit.
Once they finish, use scissors to snip the pieces into 1/4 inch lengths. This will allow the pieces to melt more uniformly.
Then put the tray inside a car outside. (We learned the hard way that a sudden rain shower will ruin the crayons. Having them in the car keeps them dry.) The kids and I checked on the crayons every hour or so. They loved watching them go from shiny to ooey-gooey!
After the crayons melt, allow them to solidify inside.
To get them out of the silicon mold, flip the ice cube tray over onto several paper towels. Use a hair dryer to heat up the back of the tray and wiggle the new crayons out on to the paper towels.
Have fun using the sun’s heat to recycle those old crayons!
Looking for ways to help the kids stay cool this summer?