Here's a quick tutorial on how to make homemade crayon blocks. For the Paint Chip Coloring kit I blogged about earlier this week, I included homemade crayons in the kit. The kids loved them and thought they were pretty cool.
They turned out so cute I had to make sure to put "do not eat" labels on them so that they wouldn't think it was candy.
Break up old crayons you have laying around the house. Feel free to use brand new ones as well. Place crayons in a plastic zip lock bag and hammer away.
Place hammered/smashed crayon pieces in an ice cube tray. Feel free to arrange the colors anyway you like. You may also use a mold of your choice. You can find molds in the Dollar store or any household sore. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. I chose the ice cube, because it was cheap and it produce a lot of crayons at one time.
Place the ice cube tray.mold in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Be sure to keep a good eye on the melting process. Due to me using ice cube trays, I placed the tray on top of an oven safe plastic backing sheet to prevent the plastic from melting on the rack. I've heard that you can use the microwave as well in blogger land, but I did not try it.
Once the crayons are melted, remove from the oven and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes. It may take longer to set depending on the depth of your tray. When the crayons are set, remove from the freezer and your little one will be ready to color away!