One of the toys in my therapy bag at work that I love is a small sack of crayon rocks. The rocks are sized perfectly to elicit a good pinch/grasp to develop little finger muscles. And they come in a little cloth drawstring bag. My students all love them too. What child wouldn’t want their own?
I decided to try out a process to make some colorful treasure rocks for my grand nieces. It’s pretty simple. The hardest part is peeling the paper off of the broken crayons. A while back, I had bought a bag of crayons for cheep at a garage sale.
I’ve broken the chosen colors and piled them into the mold. For these, I used an extra mini muffin pan.
Next they go in the oven at 200 for around 8-10 minutes. I had to keep a close watch to make sure they didn’t go too long. If they get too hot, the wax separates from the pigment and floats on top leaving a messed up layer. If they don’t heat enough, the fusion isn’t complete and they may break apart.
Recognize the drawstring bag fabric? It’s scraps from Kiki’s and Maisie’s dresses.