Give crayons. Adults are disturbingly impoverished of these magicaldream sticks. ~Dr. SunWolf.
I totally got this idea from another mom; she has a great montessori blog (Montessori Motherload) that I follow and she does creative hands-on activities with her toddler. Check out her blog for specific directions on how to make the following craft. Her crayons came out beautifully!
You start out with a bunch of crayons. Z had some jumbo ones that I didn’t want to use – So I used the left over forlorn crayons that were already broken or duplicated. California Pizza Kitchen and IHOP give out free crayons when you visit so these are good to save and use! Put whatever you have in a cupcake tray. I only had enough for 2 rows.
Bake them! Yes, in the oven! @ 275 degrees for a few minutes – I think I did 8. They’ll look all pretty and marbley and liquidy in the oven. Then you can fridge them for a few minutes or let them cool. Turn the pan over and they literally plop right out!
…until a sneaky hand came out to see them!
But after some redirecting, she figured them out! I gave these as Eid gifts for my 2 nieces. Some of them may have a white wax layer. Coloring with them for a few minutes gets rid of the white layer or a butter knife will too.
I usually don’t do a lot of DIY activities, but being a mother of a 2 year old, crayons are usually lying around (i.e. in my handbag!) so it was something fun to do and see how the crayons turned out! And it was a super easy activity too. Thanks to Montessori Motherload for this idea! If you make these, let me know how they turn out!