We’ve shared this before, but it’s the school holidays and this activity is still one of our all-time favorites! It’s also a great indoor activity during the hotter days when no one wants to leave the house, and boy has Perth had some of those lately…
If you have old, broken crayons laying around the place, whatever you do, don’t throw them out- try this instead!
What you’ll need:
- Non-stick slice pan
- Non-stick mini-muffin pan
- Cooking oil spray
- Crayons (Caution: Make sure you are using non-toxic, wax crayons)
- Sharp knife
- Biscuit cutters
What you’ll do:
- Preheat your oven to 140 degree Celsius (fan forced). If your pans are old and battered, give them a light spray with cooking oil before you begin. If you have pans with a good, non-stick surface they shouldn’t require any greasing.
- Sort your crayons by colour, then divide each pile into big chunks and small pieces.
- Fill the slice pan with the bigger pieces until you’ve covered the base of the pan.
- Working with one colour pile at a time, cut remaining crayons into small lengths, about 2cm long. Fill each hole in the muffin pan with crayon. Try mixing similar colours, such as red and pink, with a few pieces in a complementary colour.
- Place the muffin pan in the oven for around 6-8 minutes and the slice pan for around 10 minutes. The muffin-pan crayons are ready when the crayon has softened, but not become liquid. If some pieces melt quicker than others, use a toothpick to give the mixture a gentle stir. When ready, remove the pan from the oven and set aside for 10 minutes to cool, then pop in the fridge for half an hour. The slice-pan is ready to remove from the oven when the top layer of crayon has turned to a swirly liquid. Carefully remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
- While the slice-pan mixture is still warm and slightly soft, turn out onto a chopping board and use the biscuit cutters to cut out shapes. The muffin-pan crayons should just turn out of the pan once completely cooled.
Idea & imagery via Home Life – http://www.homelife.com.au