It also made broken crayons useful again.
Aside from recycling annoying crayon nubs, this activity makes a wonderful Valentine's Day gift for classmates. A gift that is not a lollipop or a pencil.
Hallelujah and an Amen to that one.
I am good on pencils for at least a year. We have a wonderfully varied pencil selection with a pencil for every holiday, season, superhero and princess.
I'm bracing for another pencil delivery via three backpacks next Valentine's Day. If you are contributing to this delivery, I do thank you. Even though I have a million of them, pencils don't expire. I guess I can take a few dozen more. I might use them to build a shed.
Without further ado, I bring you the "How To" on making crayon hearts.
Heart shaped cookie or muffin tin
Annoying crayon pieces from all over your house, car and purse
1. Help munchkins peel paper off broken crayons. This is a wonderful, time consuming quiet activity. Munchkins have to concentrate to peel that paper. The room will be silent.
And then breathe deeply as you view broken crayon pile (cringe) and tiny scraps of paper pile (cringe squared).
This picture gives me agita.
2. Have munchkins fill each mold with assorted crayon pieces. I love to watch my munchkins combine different colors for each mold.
3. Bake at 250 for 10-15 minutes until crayons are melted.
4. Remove from oven and cool at least an hour. Crayons will easily pop out of mold once cooled.
These are wonderful to accompany store bought Valentines or to make homemade Valentines.
For homemade Valentines adhere heart crayons to a cut piece of card stock.
Add a super corny but cute message such as "You melt my heart" or "You make my days more colorful".
Valentine's Day is the ultimate in cheesy punch lines. It's fabulous.
Go grab a heart shaped muffin tin and make something cool (heart crayons) out of something that is not cool (broken crayons).
Happy crayon making!