Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Rainbow Crayons!

From This............ to this!
I had the idea for these from here, but knew that making them as individual colours would bore the children and be messy and time-consuming, not to mention a bit dangerous with molten wax sloshing round! So I tweaked the idea a little bit and here is how to do it:
  1. Collect together old and broken wax crayons (or buy a big box from the pound shop!!)
  2. Let the children peel the paper off them (normally forbidden!!!!)
  3. Snap them into lots of little pieces (also normally forbidden!!)
  4. Get out an old bun tin and wipe round the indents with a kitchen tissue with a tiny amount of oil on.
  5. Share the broken crayons out amongst the indents, trying to get a good mix of colours in each one.
  6. Pop the tray into an oven at 150 degrees C.
  7. Keep a close eye..... the crayons take only minutes to melt.
  8. Once melted take them out and put on a heat proof level surface to cool and set.
  9. Once the tray is cool, further harden them in the fridge.
  10. Turn the tin over on a table and pop them out.
  11. Watch the children's amazed faces!!
They look a bit grim from the top whilst they are in the bun tin, as the colours mix into a browny film, but underneath they are magical!!!!


  1. Wow! What a great idea and so simple!!!!

    Thanks Jen, can't wait to have a go!

  2. Glad you like it.... it was such fun to see the children's faces and interesting hearing what they thought would happen! A good learning experience as well as fun!