Simple Muffin Crayons

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I love recycled crayon crafts or maybe just crayons! Muffin crayons are a simple, fast craft that all ages can benefit from ― even better.  Of course, adult supervisor is required, especially with the little ones.  This is a parent and child activity.

MaterialsNeeded

  • crayon scraps, non-toxic only
  • muffin liners or cooking spray (we used liners)
  • muffin tin

Next

1.  Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.

2.  Collect all your broken crayons, peel the remaining paper off, and sort the pieces by color.

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3.  Break crayons into small pieces, roughly 1″ or shorter. (Tip: we did longer pieces and it wasn’t as swirled, so shorter is better.)

4.  Spray tin with cooking spray, this will give you a smoother finish, more “puck” like or line with cupcake wrappers. We uses liners, but as you see, the edges are rougher.

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5.  Next divide your crayons into each muffin slot. (Tip: limit the color selection in each slot to 3 colors. Anything more than that will create an unattractive brown color.)

6.  Fill your muffin tin about 1/2 full, equivalent to four crayons per muffin tin.  We only did 2, so they are much thinner.

7.  Place the muffin tin in the oven for 5-8 minutes or until the crayons are completely melted. Watch closely, they melt fast.

8.  Take them out of the oven once melted (parent), then stir each tin with a toothpick to swirl the crayons.

9.  Let them cool completely in the pan, crayons will be extremely hot! Then turn the tin over and pop the new fun crayons out of the tin!

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C loved them! Although he’s 3 and still tried to put them in his mouth, so be careful.

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They do resemble cookies, well sort of, lol! 😉

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Part 2: Nature Exploration Hunt

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There’s nothing that will excite a budding biologist, botanist, or ecologist more than a nature walk. You can observe birds, hunt for worms, squirrels, collect nuts, pinecones (Cayden loves these), and rocks! Bring a bucket and the kids can collect specimens like leaves, seeds, flowers, or bugs. Bring a magnifying glass so the kids can study nature and all their collected treasures up close, or spy ladybugs, or raindrops, and see the world in a new way.  Encourage identification skills by having the kids find different types of leaves or flowers native to your area. (Look for regional field guides on enature or do an internet search for the “native plants” of your state.) Have fun exploring nature trackers!

Tip: Bring your colored egg carton from the previous craft to collect things that match your colors (shhh, great sensory, plus color matching – 2 x bonus, yay!)

Things to bring:

  • Blanket, lunch, & water
  • Bucket for collecting things
  • Magnifying glass to inspect things
  • Change of socks or shoes (incase the kids get dirty.)

Fun extras: (Dollar Tree has a bug net and canister, magnifying glass, 1.00 each)

Part 1: Nature Hunt Egg Carton Painting

Good morning nature trackers! Feeling adventurous today? Let’s gather our supplies and create a color sorter from recycled egg cartons! You can collect different things from nature or even in your backyard like leaves, flower petals, rocks, pinecones, and sticks that match the colors in your carton. Plus, we’re recycling — bonus!  This activity provides an interactive, colorful way for your preschooler to practice color recognition! Continue reading