Thursday, September 29, 2011

Family Craft Night!
We pre heated the oven to 200. Using up the broken crayons first we took off all the paper and mixed and matched colours and colour families.

We used the silicone ice cube trays from IKEA. These are Aly's combinations.

Emerson used the whale/fish mould. 

We had them in the oven for 10min and they still needed more time, so I put the temp up to 210 and did another 5 min. They came out nicely melted. I put them outside to cool quicker.

The next morning the kids got to wake up and try out their new crayons.

Alyssa's brown and copper combo, she loved how it turned out. 
This week begins Aly's sharing time in class, once a week and it is like an oral presentaion not just a show n' tell.  Aly practiced what she how she was going to tell the kids in her class about how we made recycled crayons.  She reports that her teacher gave her a big thumbs up after her turn :)

Emerson really liked his but we discovered that many of the whale tails broke off when we popped them out.  Next time we will use a more solid shape.  Also, not all crayons are created equal. The cheaper kind- anything not crayola has different wax that will leave a clear layer so the kids don't get any colour. Had to shave off a few of the crayons that were below our standards.

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