Valentine crayon hearts

My preschooler bounded into the car yesterday and eagerly began discussing his day, describing all the fun activities he participated in and foods he ate in celebration of Valentine’s Day. He was telling me about each Valentine and the accompanying candy when he pulled out a colorful heart-shaped crayon. He couldn’t believe it was an actual crayon in the shape of a heart and that his friend had made it for him. When we got home he immediately found a piece of paper and started scribbling away, watching the colors change before his eyes with each stroke.

I had seen the idea of melting crayons together before, but never thought of it as a Valentine or a goody bag treat. Instead of adding more candy to the pile on V-Day and a card that’s immediately thrown away, give them something that is actually useful and fun. Plus, this project is something kids can have a blast creating while even learning a little about science.  No more chucking old crayons in the trash, save them for a clever project like this one!

What you need:

  • crayon pieces
  • heart-shaped metal muffin tin
  • optional – scrap paper, scissors, marker, double-sided tape

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Place crayon pieces in each mold and bake until melted (about 10-15 minutes)
  3. Remove hearts from the tin once they have cooled completely.
  4. Use scissors to cut shapes out of scrap paper. Apply double-sided tape to the back of the crayon and stick it on the paper. Write a fun message in marker on the paper like “You make my heart melt” or “You color my world.”Image
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