Thursday, January 16, 2014

recreating the crayon

This morning before I had to leave to school, I asked Grant what he liked to do with daddy. He said, "snowing. slide." Which I believe refers to sledding. When I asked him what his favorite thing he likes to do with mommy he replied, "take naps." Right then I knew that I had to change his view of me being a tired lazy mom so today we changed that. Grant is funny when it comes to coloring. He will draw like one line and then request things for you to draw for him. This usually means that I will draw at least ten balloons in one drawing session. His crayons have kind of gotten out of control, some were broken in half, he had ripped the wrapper off of some so I decided enough was enough and we were going to transform his crayons. Here is the super easy steps that we took. I actually saw this on Taza's blog and thought it was a perfect activity for Grant's age.
Here we are pouring the wrapper garbage from our crayon holder. You need to get all of the wrapper off.

Once the wrappers are off, we separated them into this silicone form that I found at the DI. You could separate these into similar colors. We decided that we were going to put all colors in each to make it more fun.

After we had them how we wanted them, we put them in the oven at 250 degrees and I just watched them until they were fully melted.

Here they are right out of the oven and in liquid form. I started by leaving them on the counter to dry, but I have no patience so we put them in the fridge to speed up the cooling process.

Once they were cooled, we popped them out of the form.

This one makes me hungry for starburst.

safe to say that they are toddler approved. Grant loved the shape and that he could put them on his finger. He hasn't really caught on that they are crayons for coloring and he thinks that they are toys, which is fine.

I sure got a kick out of coloring with them.

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