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Easy DIY chunky crayons for toddlers

Diana Johnson is a recipe developer, photographer, writer and the creator of Eating Richly Even When You're Broke. She is passionate about helping people learn to cook and eat foods rich in nutrition and flavor, even on a tight budget, a...

Learn how to make your own chubby crayons for little hands

Toddlers love the excitement of seeing what they draw appear on a page, but their little fingers may not be ready for regular crayons. Melt crayons in mini muffin cups to make them perfect for toddler hands.

A box of jumbo crayons for toddlers can cost as much as $9. It's simple, and far more affordable, to make your own crayons in the oven.

Toddler crayon | - Color time
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This is a great project to stock up for when school supplies are one sale. Eight-packs of crayons are often just 50 cents. Your child will love the round crayons that are easy to hold, and you'll love spending less than $2 on the craft.

Toddler crayon | - Supplies
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  • Three 8-packs of crayons
  • Scissors
  • Silicone mini muffin pan


Step 1: Remove wrappers

Toddler crayon | - remove wrappers
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Use the edge of the scissors to slit open and remove the crayon wrappers.

Step 2: Break crayons

Toddler crayon | - Break crayons
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Break the crayons into about 5 pieces each and put the pieces of each color into separate muffin holes. The mini muffin hole should easily hold 3 broken crayons.

Step 3: Melt crayons

Toddler crayon | - Melt crayons
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Place the pan into a 350 degree F oven for 5 to 8 minutes until the crayons are completely melted.

Step 4: Cool and remove

Toddler crayon | - Cool and remove
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Let the pan cool for about 30 minutes or until the crayons have hardened. Pop the crayons out of the muffin pan.

Step 5: Color time

Toddler crayon | - Color time
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Let your toddler sit on the ground with the crayons and a large sheet of paper and watch the art begin!

Toddler crayon | - Color time
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