For preschoolers (and for more than a few of us nostalgic adults), there are not many childhood toys that rival a brand new box of Crayolas, organized by color, sharpened to a perfect tip and labeled with an exciting name. While pristine for an hour or so, these crayons quickly become broken with overzealous strokes and the tips dulled with hours of coloring. However, all is not lost for the hodge-podge baggie full of broken, mixed-up crayons.
This week, Savvy wants to help you turn your graveyard of broken crayons into a new, fun craft project. Muffin tin crayons are a terrific way to resurrect the ruins of your crayons. My kids call these "cookie crayons" because they end up looking like colorful cookies and come in many different "flavors" of your own creation. Follow these Savvy directions for a whole new spin on coloring outside the lines:
Unravel, rip and tear all the wrappers off your crayon pieces (be sure they are non-toxic and not the washable variety). Make a game out of this tedious process by setting the timer for two minutes to see who can unwrap the most crayons. For another game, have one child unravel all the warm colors (reds, yellows, oranges) and the other unwrap the cool colors (blues, greens and purples).
Choose color combinations. Set aside little piles of crayons pieces you want to make into cookies. Toss like colors together or randomly pile up a variety of colors. Try making a Halloween cookie crayon, a Christmas cookie crayon or a cookie crayon of Grandma's favorite colors. Don't forget to make a few with primary colors to illustrate how new colors are made. Try red and blue or red and yellow: Your preschooler will be thrilled to see a purple or orange crayon cookie appear!
Prepare your muffin tin and preheat the oven. Grease a muffin tin with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Place your designated piles of crayon bits into the muffin spots. Remember to make your cookie crayons thick enough that they won't break when pressed down on paper.
Bake the crayons for 15 minutes. For extra fun, turn on the oven light and let the kids watch as they melt and the colors merge. Let them cool in the pan. Pop out the cookies after they have hardened.
Grab some paper and get creative with your cookie crayons. The more colors in each cookie, the more surprises your child will see on the paper as he colors. Cookie crayons are especially good for rubbings and texture. Use sandwich-sized baggies to package some up as gifts for friends or fill a gallon-sized baggie to donate to the preschool class. So start peeling, breaking and mixing those old crayons and watch as you create a magical mixture of fun with your little one.
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