What do you do with your kid's broken crayon?

@r3jcorp (1384)
Philippines
February 20, 2011 5:56pm CST
I have several boxes of broken crayons which I gather from my children's things since they are small. Some of them, I gave to my neighbors and relatives who need it most. But there are still a lot of it in the house. As my little daughter is browsing the net, she came across a site that offers tips on recycling products like crayons and other enjoyable craft. I think it is very smart to follow the instruction and my children will be delighted to the new shape of their recycled color.
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
21 Feb 11
Right off the top of my head I can think of two wonderful ways to recycle crayons. First of all, you can save a bunch of broken crayons that are the same color and melt them down to wax with a double boiler. Then you can use candy molds to make new, neat shaped crayons for the children. Another fun idea of something to do with broken crayons is to make sun catchers with them. You would make shavings out of the crayons and allow children to decorate wax paper with these shavings. Cover that with another piece of wax paper. Gently iron this to bond the wax paper and you would have very beautiful sun catchers.
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@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
21 Feb 11
There are many way you can recycle the crayon or you can restore them back to it original shape. You just need to use heat to re-attach those broken crayon and they can be reuse again. Many parent do not know that crayon can actually be stick together when is heated, so they will just throw it away when they are broken, that really wasted.
• China
23 Feb 11
Thanks for your sharing, could u tell me how to heat the crayons?
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
23 Feb 11
That is so simple, you just need to make it soft using candle light and when it melted, just glue them together, and hold it until it is cold and harden. Then you will get back the long crayon.
@pastigger (618)
• United States
21 Feb 11
I know that there are a lot of things you can do with them. I Have a home daycare and just haven't had the time to do anything with them. Growing up we would make candles and mom would always send me to get some broken candles to make the candles other colors. I really liked the idea of making shaped crayons I hadn't though of that. I have tons of candy molds already I may have to find some time to do that. Thanks for the great ideas sorry I don't have any new ones.
@Jlyn10 (10437)
• Malaysia
21 Feb 11
Wow, this is new to me. I never thought crayons could be recycled. Great info, thanks for sharing this.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
21 Feb 11
This would have to depend on the size of the crayon in queastion. i don't like to waste things, so I try to save them if it is at all possible. If it is a big piece of crayon, I will continue to allow my child to use it. If it is a small oiece of crayon, i melt it down to make a candle later.
@staria (2782)
• Philippines
21 Feb 11
Thanks for your timely discussion, I was just scolding my child for breaking his crayon, lol. I wasn't really aware about recycling crayons, when I was a kid I use to put a tape around a broken crayon (w/c isnt really useful) at all and doesnt last. Would probably try this w/ my kid's crayons, he is just starting to draw and color and will sure encounter a lot of broken crayons along the way :)