Here is a fun project we made for valentines this year–crayon cookies.
Our crayon supply has grown exponentially over the last few years. I have to confess I am a sucker for back-to-school supplies. I buy them in bulk. There is such promise in a new notebook, a clean slate, and completely perfect points in the Crayola 24 pack. Another whole year of possibilities. I always buy myself a new notebook and pen along with the kids’ supplies. After all, it’s a new year of possibilities and prospects for me too.
Yet perfect points soon become has-beens, and this project is a great way to make use of the Crayola graveyard. First, peel off the wrappers (I used a sharp knife to score down the side). Then break into thirds and fourths and put 2 and 3 color combinations together in mini muffin tins. Preheat oven to “warm” or 200 degrees F. and bake for 5-10 minutes.
They do give off a slight, non-toxic odor, but it doesn’t last long. Once finished, let them cool for 5 minutes, then place in the freezer for another 30 minutes. This will allow the “cookies” to contract making it easier to pop them out of the tins. Make sure you include a “do not eat” warning with them. My kids really liked this project. I did too.
Paper muffin liners will make clean up easier. I learned this the hard way. Also, don’t use Washable crayons as they won’t set up right.
And one more sweet spot for the February doldrums…pillow forts. There are 4 kidlets behind this barricade and they were entertained for an entire evening there.