Splash some color into your child's day!

I have always encouraged my children to color because it is an excellent way to strengthen fine motor skills. After years of occasionally eating out with my family, I realized that most restaurants tend to throw away the crayons that were given to my children as soon as we would leave the table. I started to put the crayons into my purse, and a collection soon began to grow.

I would empty most of the crayons into my children's school box, and I would leave a few in my purse for places that did not have crayons available. My children's school box is now overflowing with crayons, and I rarely have to buy replacements because the primary colors that get worn out the fastest are usually the same colors that are given away at restaurants.

A great way to recycle old and broken crayon pieces is to peel off any paper from them and put them inside small paper cups in a muffin pan. Bake at 250 degrees for just a few minutes until melted. Take them out, let them cool, and peel the paper cup away. Children love making crayon rubbings with these homemade crayons. One man's trash is another man's treasure.

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