Broken Crayons

Are most of your child’s crayons broken? Don’t throw them out. You can use them for a few different projects. First if the crayons are broken- use them!! The smaller crayon pieces promote a mature tripod grasp in children. The smaller crayon forces them to hold it with thumb, index an middle finger rather then their whole palm.

You can also tape five or six piece of crayon together and let your child color with the multi colored crayon! Or make your own rainbow crayon. Have your child pick out smaller pieces of crayon and place them in the bottom of a muffin tin. Melt the crayons in your oven, when they are completely melted, remove from the heat and let cool. You will have one large rainbow crayon when you are finished.

Wax paper transparencies- Take small pieces of crayon or have your child practice using a pencil sharpener with their crayons. You can use the crayon shavings for this project. Cut shapes out of wax paper. I like to make butterflies or flowers this time of year. Make sure you have 2 the same size (top and bottom). Have your child sprinkle the crayon shavings on the wax paper then lay the second sheet on top- if you have a tray or baking sheet, it will be easier and a little less messy. When the second sheet is on top- place a hot iron on top for about 2 minutes. The crayons will melt holding the two sides together. You can punch a hole in the top, thread a string through and hang it in the window. You can also decorate the outside- simply glue google eyes to your butterfly or petals to your flower.