Greta and I recently raided my crayon stash for all the small nubs that are just too difficult to use for big and small hands alike. These turned out so well – my next move is to raid the crayons in my classroom and make new crayons for my students to use. No sense in throwing out useful crayons when re-purposed crayons are this easily attained.
I started with a fairly large bag of crayon nubs. Make sure they are peeled and cut down to small chunks, especially if you are working with a funky mold. I used a silicone mold that was originally intended to be used for ice cubes or candies.
I grouped my crayons by warm, cool, and neutral colors. Greta was especially helpful with the sorting – we had great conversations about the colors and where they belonged. I used everyday craft scissors to cut some of the longer crayons down.
My last step was to create a simple Valentine for Greta to use at school. I’ve been taking a class in the evenings on Adobe Illustrator – this was something I whipped up in the few minutes before class started last week. I figured I would attach the crayons to the Valentine in a little bag. If you want the PDF, check it out my Google Docs here. The document is called valentine.PDF.