Children love crayons and most children love science. So, making DIY Crayons with kids is a sure win. Not only do children enjoy homemade crayons, they enjoy the process of tearing off the crayon's wrapper and especially enjoy the process of breaking the crayons.
TIP: Crayola crayons melt the best, most even way.
Materials for Making Earth Day Crayons
- Old crayons in earth tones
- Mini Round Silicone Mold
- Baking Sheet
- A bowl for crayon wrapper scraps (save these scraps for another art project!)
- A bowl for your crayons
Steps to Making Homemade Crayons
- Gather your materials
- Set out two bowls
- Invite your child to the activity
- Talk about making earth crayons
- Ask your child to choose colors for the earth crayons (slip in a
- Demonstrate how to peel the crayon wrapper & break the crayons to fit in the mold
- Place the mold on a baking sheet
- Bake at a low temperature, like 200 degrees. Honestly, I am not sure if there is a specific temperature better or worse. I like a slow, low temperature to avoid any mishaps and to allow for more time to check on the melting process.
- Typically after 10-15 minutes the crayons have melted well enough
- Leave time to cool & pop them out of the mold
Why is this activity so great?
- Fine motor skills development
- Creative in making the crayons and in using them!
- Integrates science
- Versatile in using a variety of molds and colors