Sunday, August 30, 2015

Melted Birthday Crayons

Or: What An Art Teacher Does While Watching TV Football With Her Husband

Preparing for the upcoming school year takes on many facets: attending workshops and meetings, unit and lesson planning, classroom decorating, designing hallway bulletin boards etc.  Many of us have been involved all summer in these types of efforts.

 Some preparations, however, demand to be multitasked!

Here's perfect example.  For the past two years, I've been melting used crayons to create birthday presents for my students.  You know, the little ones who come in your classroom proudly bearing birthday treats, the ones with summer birthdays, and the ones who sadly forgot to see me on their birthdays but have the sweetest despondent faces. 

So, armed with an x-acto knife, old crayons, and a silicone baking pan, I plop myself on the floor in front of the TV and get to work. (You might also hear me breaking crayons into pieces while we chat on the phone- multitasking is an art teacher's middle name)

Step one: Use an x-acto knife to make a vertical slice down the crayon. This is the easiest way I've found to remove wrappers.
Break crayons into smaller bits. 

Step 2: Line the bottom of each cupcake with crayons. I find that two crayon layers work well. 

Step 3: Line a cookie sheet with tin foil or parchment and place the muffin pans on top.  Bake in the center of your oven at 250ยบ for about 12 minutes.  Be careful- too much time makes colors blend into brown.  (Apply this knowledge for STEAM learning! )

Let crayons cool and presto!  Non-candy birthday treats : )

Have a great year everyone! 

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