Yesterday for our advent activity we did something fun that I thought I'd post on here for all to see. I found the idea on Kiddley, which is the cutest blog that unfortunately doesn't currently post things. Great archives, though.
Anyway, crayon cookies are a great way to use up broken crayons. We have LOTS of broken crayons, as my kids seem to like peeling and breaking them more than coloring with them.
So gather up all your crayon pieces. Dig in all your junk drawers, search the bottom of your purse and diaper bag, and check in all the pen cups throghout the house. Peel off the paper, if any remains, and break them into about 1 or 2 inch pieces. Fill the cups of a mini-muffin tin with contrasting colors. They turn out prettier that way. I read that you should try to use just one brand of crayon melted together, as different brands have different water contents and meltiness. We used all Crayola, because I'm a loyal Crayola lover.
Pop into a 300 degree oven for 5 minutes or until nice and melty. Take them out of the oven to cool for a few minutes, and then put the tin into the freezer for about 30 minutes. After that time, they will be solid and ready to color with.
Eva loves her crayon cookies; she stacked them up and knocked them over for a long time last night, and after a while she was calling them her friends. "Mommy, I dropped my friend on the floor! I like my friends." They get a nice dip in the middle that makes them perfect for stacking, and they color cool thick, soft lines.