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Monday, January 12, 2009

Crayon muffins

Crayon muffins are a fun way to use up old, broken crayons and make way for those new boxes that arrived with the holidays!
Line muffin tins with metal liners. Let the kids peel off ALL of the paper anf break the crayons into pieces small enough to fit into the muffin cups. Sort the colors by color family and place in the muffin cups. Remember- it wont' make mud if you keep the colors related: blue/yellow/green; blue/red/purple; red/yellow/orange; white/gray/black; brown/tan/yellow.
Of course pinks go with any reds and peaches with any yellows- you get the idea! Sorting is half of the fun to see how many ways you can get similar colors together. This re-inforces the color-family idea. These are also known as analagous colors. Make sure not to over-fill the liners. Half-full or less is best.
Next, place the muffin tins in the oven at about 300 degrees F.-It won't take more than 5 minutes and maybe less depending on the brand of crayons and how full the tins are, so keep your eyes on it. Take them out when the colors are melted. Let cool completely. Let the kids peel off the liners and have some crazy, coloring fun with your recycled crayons! These are great for coloring large areas, making backgrounds and for use with small hands.

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