Judah has been interacting and engaging so much with his toys recently that we thought we’d introduce him to a staple of childhood fun: crayons! While it seemed like a good idea, Judah was all too eager to try and EAT the crayons. So, I came up with a more creative, crafty DIY solution: I’d make him his very own chunky toddler-sized crayons, perfect for little hands to grasp and draw with. This super-easy toddler activity is perfect for a rainy day, a lazy Sunday, or even works as a sweet homemade gift!
Here’s how you can make your own chunky toddler crayons – click on through to see the tutorial!
Homemade Crayons for Your Little One
These homemade chunky crayons are perfect for little toddlers and are easy to make. You can use new crayons, or lots of little stubs or broken pieces, too.
Sort Your Crayons
First, you’ll want to sort your crayons. You can do this by color groups, or go for more interesting color combinations: greens and blues, browns and reds, pinks and purples. The only limit is your imagination (and the number of crayons you have to work with).
I had a box of 96 crayons to work my way through… and it only took me about 40 crayons to realize that it’s easier to unwrap them if you score the length of each wrapper with a knife. So much easier than trying to peel each wrapper off with my fingernails!
Break Into Chunks & Sort
You can break your crayons by hand or cut them with a knife. (Just be sure to use super hot soapy water to clean your knife when you’re done.) I used a 4×4 muffin tin, but you can really use any kind of oven-safe container. Candy molds would allow you to make neat little shapes, too!
Bake at 250° for 30 Minutes (or Thereabouts...)
I started baking the crayon pieces at 150° for 15 minutes, but all I ended up with was warm crayons. I increased the temperature to 250° over the course of about 40 minutes; I imagine if I had preheated my oven to 250 from the get-go, the crayons would have fully melted within a half hour. Your oven time may vary – just keep a close eye on them.
Create Neat Swirl Effects
Once melted, carefully take them out of your oven – remember, you’re dealing with hot wax here! I used a straw to create little swirly patterns. You can also just leave them as is, or blend all the colors into a new solid color crayon.
Cool in the Freezer
The easiest way to get your crayons out of your muffin tin is to pop the whole thing in the freezer for about a half hour. Once cooled, they popped right out with no problem!
Smooth Out the Rough Edges
To smooth out the rough edges, I simply pressed the edges against a sheet of paper and colored them down a little.
Pretty Neat Colors and Swirls
Some of my crayons broke, which is okay – I think they actually make it a little easier for Judah to grip them. Once broken, I could see all the neat swirls and colors throughout the crayon.
Perfect For Your Curiously Creative Artist!
While Judah tried to take a couple of bites out of his new homemade crayons, he quickly figured out what to do after we showed him how he could color and draw. Now we have a toddler-sized set of crayons to break out whenever we’re looking for a creative change in pace during playtime!