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DIY Heart Crayons

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I bring you my quick tutorial on making heart crayons.  If your house is anything like mine, than you have crayons everywhere.  Ours are suppose to stay in the giant crayon bucket, but that is just my wishful thinking.  Lil’ Man and I made these crayons for his buddies at preschool last year and they were such a big hit we decided to do it again this year!  These crayons are a great alternative to giving sweets and provide an excellent opportunity for discussing subjects such as recycling and/or the states of matter.  🙂

Materials:

  • Crayons:  We like to use our old broken crayons as well as collect those we get at restaurants.  I find the wrappers on Crayola crayons are the easiest to remove.
  • Silicon Heart Mold:  I found mine at Michael’s last year for less than $10.  It was definitely worth the investment!
  • Baking Tray
  • Knife and Cutting Board:  I’m able to break up most crayons myself, but the knife comes in handy for the stubborn ones.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 250° Fahrenheit.
  2. Remove the wrappers from the crayons.  Break the crayons into 3-4 sections (cut if necessary).
  3. Place crayons of various colors in each mold.  Fill the mold to the top.  (I pretty much give Lil’ Man complete autonomy on distributing crayons amongst the molds.  He likes to customize them for his friends based on their favorite colors).
  4. Place the mold on the baking tray for stability.  Bake crayons in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Let crayons cool for about an hour.  If using a silicon mold, you can easily peel the crayons out.

As you can see, I caught a Pikachu this morning to help put the crayons together. 😉 Last year, Lil’ Man and I discussed recycling while making the crayons.  Today we discussed the three states of matter (particularly solid and liquid).  We’ve talked about the three states of matter before while partaking in such activities as boiling water.  I asked the following questions prior to putting the crayons in the oven:

  1. What are the three states of matter?
  2. What state is the crayon in now?
  3. What state will the crayon be in after we put it in the oven?
  4. What caused the crayon to turn into a liquid?
  5. What will happen to the crayon when it cools down?

I used my Cricut Explore to print and cut custom Valentines that the kids can color.  For those of you who have access to a Cricut, I used the Create a Critter cartridge.  For those of you who don’t have access to one, you are welcome to use this PDF.  I recommend printing them out on  cardstock and attaching the crayon with masking tape.

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