This activity was a combination of our sun-upcycled crayons and our candy making adventure. It’s much too cold to melt crayons outside at the moment (too cold to snow even, actually…), but I decided to try melting crayons in the candy molds. Can you tell those are Christmas trees? I had the brilliant realization halfway through that I probably should have used green crayons to actually make them look like trees…
Of course, we could have made more using green crayons, but given the difficulty I had getting the crayons to melt, the state of the mold, and my children’s rapidly declining attention spans, I decided to stop.
Things I learned:
- The importance of considering the color of the crayons used and their effect on the appearance of the finished product
- Sometimes candy molds melt at lower temperatures than crayons
- Different brands of crayons melt at different temperatures
- Different colors of the same brand of crayons melt at different temperatures
Things my kids learned:
- Sometimes Mama really has no clue what she’s doing
- Sometimes Mama makes a big mess
- You can melt crayons in the microwave
I’m thinking it’s a good thing we have a high-up, over-oven microwave! Has anyone ever made shaped crayons using candy molds successfully? If so, can you help me work out where I went wrong? I’m thinking a silicone mold with crayons in the oven would work beautifully – has anyone tried that?
Learning Laboratory is about learning through hands-on experience, for fun and education – even when it means making messes and mistakes!