Chunky Crayons for Grandchildren

Make chunky crayons from old broken ones.

If you’re like me, broken crayons are as plentiful at your house as garage sales are on a Saturday morning.

If you’re like me, you’re ready to clean out the drawers and toss all of those bits and pieces of useless broken crayons.

If you’re like me, you might pause to wonder if there is something useful that you could do with them instead.

What’s a body to do?  Why, go chunky of course!  (Chunky as in the size of the ‘new’ crayons that you will end up with and NOT chunky as in the size of Grandma’s waist . . . .)

Gather up all of those pesky small crayon pieces.  Recycle them and make brand new ones — chunky ones that are easy for little hands to grab on to and ones that are a delight for older grandchildren to use in their artistic endeavors.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your chunky crayons:

muffin tin
broken crayons (with the paper labels removed)
vegetable oil

Preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour a small amount (1/4 teaspoon) of vegetable oil in each muffin cup.  Fill the cups with broken crayons pieces.

Place the muffin tin in the preheated oven.  Bake 6-8 minutes.  When crayons begin melting, remove muffin tin from the oven.  Stir crayons gently with a toothpick.  Let the crayons cool completely.  When cooled, turn muffin tin upside down and gently tap to pop out the crayons.

Be creative in your color combinations.  Mix light colored pieces with darker pieces.  Add silver, copper, or gold crayons to add glitter and glamor to your chunky crayons.   Use varying shades of only one color.  Add pieces of black crayons with yellow ones to make ‘bee’ crayons.  Or orange and black for Halloween ones.  Add white chunks to red ones for Valentine’s or Christmas chunky crayons.  Let your imagination run wild.

Here is a sample of some that I made.

Use old broken crayons to make chunky ones wih your family.

Spend an afternoon making some chunky crayons with your grandchildren.  (If they’re a wee bit too young, you can make them and have them available for your grandchildren to use when they come for a visit.) Then, have lots of blank pieces of paper for creativity to soar from your grandchildren’s fingers.

If your grand chickabiddies live far away, chunky crayons would be fun to include in a package that you send to them.  Be sure to include paper and/or a coloring book.

Happy coloring!

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