I’m not sure what was so different about today than most other Mondays, but this morning I woke up determined to make a craft project with my kids. We had an old Ziploc bag of crayons that had been laying around for months that I was honestly so tired of staring at and then I realized, I could incorporate this fun activity into our school lesson for the day! This easy tutorial showing you how to melt crayons into molds is the perfect activity to discuss art, color theory, letter recognition, sounds, and science with your kids. I hope you enjoy!
The first thing you are going to want to do is gather your supplies. For this, you will need the following:
The first thing you are going to want to do is to prep your crayons. Sort through them and remove all wrappers, as well as go ahead and break them into small pieces. This will make them fit into the molds easier.
Sort your crayons by color. After you have them sorted, go ahead and place your silicone molds onto a cookie sheet. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fill the Molds
The next thing you are going to want to do is to fill your molds. Take your small pieces of broken crayons and begin placing them into your molds; being as intentional or random with your color placement as you would like. That’s the great thing about this activity; it’s totally customizable!
Melt the Crayons
After placing your small crayon bits into your molds, place the baking sheet and crayon-filled molds into the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes.
As soon as crayons begin to liquify, gently remove them from the oven and top off the molds. You may find that the crayons liquifying and settling into the mold creates a lot of space that you want to fill. Simply add more crayons and return baking sheet back to oven. Set timer for an additional 5 minutes.
Cool the Crayons
After 10 minutes total, or once crayons are completely melted, remove from the oven to cool. After about 20 minutes of cooling on the counter, place baking sheet into the freezer to continue to cool.
Remove Crayons From the Molds
Once your crayons have completely set and cooled, it’s time to peel away those molds! In this step, be extra careful and take your time, especially if your molds have small details. I find the best way to remove a mold from around a crayon is to stretch the mold itself, and kind of “pop” the crayon out.
Enjoy your Creations!
Now it’s time to reap the reward of your labor! I hope this tutorial on how to melt crayons into molds was helpful for you! Challenge your children to not only name the letters and sounds the letters make, but to also see how many colors they can color with from each letter.
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I pray this activity brings joy to your homesschooling journey. If you find this helpful, as always, please share your creations on Instagram and tag me! I would love to see the enrichment brought to your journey.