Don’t know what to do with all those tiny broken crayon pieces? Make these easy and super fun DIY Valentine’s Day Crayons. It only takes two items to make them and it’s a craft the kids will love to help out with!
My daughter is in preschool this year and is SO excited to exchange valentines with her friends. We went to Target over the weekend to pick out the “perfect” cards (they, of course, feature the Disney princesses) and she has been working hard to put each tiny card into it’s tiny white envelope.
My youngest child is not quite as excited, he isn’t old enough to start school yet and is pretty bummed that bigger sister gets to have all the fun again.
When my oldest was at school the other day I remembered a quick and easy craft I used to do when I taught preschool.
Toward the end of each year, the teachers would round up all of the broken crayons and melt them down to make bigger crayons. Since my toddler is still using chunky crayons, this was a perfect craft for him!
I stocked up on school supplies at Target this year when they went on sale, so I already had 4 big boxes of plain crayons. While my son was napping, I took the wrappers off all the crayons.
When he woke up, I had a huge pile of “naked” crayons. I had him help me snap each crayon into 2-3 pieces (which he loved doing) and then we sorted them by color.
The teacher in me loved that this activity was semi-educational!
I have some great heart shaped silicone cupcake liners, and we filled each liner about 2/3 of the way up with broken crayons. Then I put them in the oven at a low temperature (about 200 F) and let them melt.
My son loved checking on them every few minutes and after about 15 minutes they were completely melted.
He was really eager to use his new creation, so I popped them into the freezer for about an hour. Once they had cooled, the new heart shaped crayons easily popped out and were ready to use.
My son is 2 and these chunky crayons were perfect for his chubby little hands to hold! It made for a great afternoon activity that made him feel special.
If he was older, we could have also given these out to friends with a little tag that says, “You make me melt” or “You have my heart” or something along those lines.
I love how easy (and cost effective!) these Valentine’s Day crayons were to make!