The Great Crayon Cookie Project

If you want to keep a six-year-old boy busy for a long time have him sort through old crayons, pick out all the broken ones, peel off the paper, and then put them in piles by color.

After he’s done that (which, if your state of crayons are in the disarray of ours, may be the work of hours or even days), put the sorted piles into a muffin tin lined with two paper liners.

The naked crayons lying in the tin will look like this:

crayons in muffin tin

The proud six-year-old child, still in pajamas (since this is the work of more than one day) will want to pose with the tin outside at dawn (which is invariably when he wakes up) and maybe take a few photos himself:

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Put the crayons in the oven at 225 or 250 and cook for 5 to 10 minutes (we started at 200, as you can see if you look closely at this photo, but that was too low):

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Let them bake for about five minutes. Watch them carefully so they don’t start to smoke. They’ll get all melty and look like this:

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After they’ve hardened, you’ve got perfect crayon cookies of all different colors:

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And a proud son who’s finally out of his pajamas:

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And ready to do some art:

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With especial thanks to Ruth Yaron who gave us the idea for this project from her book Super Baby Food.


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12 thoughts on “The Great Crayon Cookie Project”

  1. This is so cool, it makes me want to snap all of his crayons so we have enough to do this (or buy some new ones just to melt down) 😀 Our oldest is only 5 and he’s very careful with the crayons so we don’t have very many broken ones.

  2. oh wow this is excellent.. been wanting to try this but forgot where I had seen it so not sure how to go about it… But now I do awesome thanks for sharing!

  3. I have also done this with candy molds. We made a whole set of Pooh crayons for gifts one year. You have to gently melt & pour that way. Takes more adult involvement. But we still have some & the cookies a decade later to share with the baby. And great memories. Great fun.
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  4. What great inspiration for cleaning up the art supplies! Thanks. May pass this along at my Room Parent meeting for elementary school next week.

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