Do you have broken crayons laying around? Recycle all of your broken and old crayons into new art projects. Showing children to creatively recycle everything--even inexpensive things--will teach them the value of recycling and maximise all your resources. All of these crafts require some adult supervision and are targeted to entertain younger children. Have older children? Have them oversee and help the younger ones with the crafts.
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Create Your Own Color
Use your old crayons to make new custom colours. Separate the old crayons into a pile of light and dark colours. Take the paper off the old crayons and fill a muffin tin with the old crayons. When they are all melted they will blend into new colours. Another way to separate the crayons is by colour groups. Reds, blues, greens, yellows, browns, oranges and purples together. Put the muffin tin into the oven that has been preheated to 204 degrees Cor 5 to 10 minutes. Do not leave them unattended--they melt quickly. When the crayons are all melted, take out and let them completely cool. After they are completely cooled, put the muffin tin into the freezer for 15 minutes, take them out and they should pop out easily.
Crayon Stained Glass
Tape two pieces of black construction paper together and cut a rectangle out of the centre of the papers. This will be your window. Next, take a piece of waxed paper larger than the rectangle you cut out of the black construction paper and lay it flat. Shave old and broken crayons with a cheese grater over the waxed paper; when you are done, lay another piece of waxed paper over the shavings. With an iron set on low, press the iron on the waxed paper to melt the crayon shavings together. Let the melted crayon cool for two minutes. Glue the crayon waxed paper in between the black pieces of construction paper. This fills the window with a stained glass effect. Let the glue dry and hang the project in a window to see the colourful designs.
Separate the old crayons into a pile of light and dark colours. When they are all melted, they will blend into new colours. Another way to separate the crayons is by colour groups. Reds, blues, greens, yellows, browns, oranges and purples together. Melting the colours all together will yield a brownish colour. Cut some string to the desired length for the wick. Start melting one colour group in a metal container on a stove. Stir the crayons as they melt. The range should be set to low to avoid burning the wax. Tie a small weight to one end of the wick string and a pencil to the other end. Holding the pencil, dip the weighted end into the hot wax. Dip slowly to avoid hot wax splashing. You will have to dip repeatedly, and over time the wax will stick to the string, forming layer upon layer. After you have achieved the desired width, cut the weight from the bottom and press on a flat surface creating a flat candle base. Cut the pencil off, leaving a half-inch of wick on top. Allow the candle to completely set overnight.
Shave old and broken crayons with a cheese grater over waxed paper. When you are done, lay another piece of waxed paper over the shavings. With an iron set on low, press the iron on the waxed paper to melt the crayon shavings together. Let the melted crayon to cool for two minutes. Draw a fish stencil on the waxed paper and cut it out with scissors. Experiment with small and large shapes and different kinds of fish.
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