Recycling is an important concept to teach children so that they are aware of the value of repurposing resources they use even in the classroom! You can teach awareness of recycling even with something as simple as crayons. I just love this Recycled Crayons with Christmas Crayon Molds activity because not only do children get a first-hand experience of repurposing old crayons, but they also get to see the value in reusing things. What better time of year to recycle than at Christmas!
Recycled Crayons with Christmas Crayon Molds
Your children are going to “ooh and aah” when they see the transformation of a pile of broken crayons and what it turns into. You might even marvel at it yourself! So let’s grab some broken crayons and get started!
Instructions for making crayon molds
Remove papers from old broken crayons. The easiest way is to slice through the paper with an xacto knife (only adults should handle an xacto knife).
Add them to a pile and let your kids have fun peeling the labels off. Labels should come right off.
Some older crayons may have a small amount of glue residue left behind, just rub it off.
If needed, soak crayons like we did with our Halloween crayons to remove the wrappers.
Break crayons into small pieces. Sort by like colors, add to bags, and set aside.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and fill the Christmas pan with broken crayon pieces. Then fill each space to the top.
Place pan in oven for 8-10 minutes or until wax is completely melted.
Remove pan from oven and let cool on counter for 25-30 minutes.
Place cooled pan in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
Cold crayons will pop right out of the mold.
Your crayons are finished and ready to use!
Let your kids color with them to create beautiful Christmas coloring pages, or give them to friends as gifts!
In the classroom, I like to give each of my students one as a gift, or we use them for writers workshop one day to create fun pictures with!
However you use them, your students are sure to love them.
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