Before opening my Professional Organizing business, RieOrganize! I worked for 11 years in a synagogue school. At the end of each school year, each child was supposed to bring all of their school supplies home with them. Guess how many actually did? Do you want to make a friend of your child’s next year’s teacher? Ask what they do with leftover end-of-year crayons. If they are thrown away, they can be riepurposed! Don’t forget to remove the paper wrapping first.
Make multi–colored crayons!
Preheat your oven to 150 degrees. Spray a baking tin with non-stick cooking spray, and set aside. If you have a baking tin in the fun shape, it is even more fun. Silicone baking molds are a great idea as well. It is easier to remove the crayons from them. You can often find them at some dollar stores.
Let the children pick whatever color crayons they like, and place the pieces of crayons in each tin until they are about 1/2 full. They can mix and match colors, or stay with a single color if they like.
Place the tin in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crayons have melted.
When they are done, remove them from the oven. Let them cool for 10 minutes, or until cool to the touch. Remove your newly made crayons from the tin and enjoy.
For other great ideas about reusing and repurposing school supplies, visit Supply Chain 101: Reusing and Repurposing a Year of School Supplies. Happy coloring!