Every year I try to come up with a Valentine gift for my students that they enjoy but not just throw away. Oriental Trading always has great mazes, puzzles and other simple games to give out but this is something I have done before and it’s easy and my students really appreciated the hearts and used them!
- assorted crayons with the paper wrapper removed (let them soak in water over nigh and they just peel off)
- heart shaped pan (used for making chocolate candies – I got mine at Michael’s)
- PAM or oil to grease the pan
- I let the crayons soak until I’m ready to do put them together.
- First I spray the pan with PAM to help them slide out of the pan when they are done.
- Then I break the pieces to fit into the shapes. You want to mix up compatible colors. They will mix a little and the blending of colors is always fun to see. You never know exactly how they will look.
- Heat the oven or a toaster oven to 250 – 300.
- You don’t really want them to boil – then the colors all mix and it becomes a muddy color.
- It doesn’t take too long – 15 – 20 minutes. When you are happy that the pieces are melted, turn off the oven and let them sit for a few minutes. This will help them harden up a little before you move them.
- If you happen to live where it’s cold outside, just put the pan when the hot melted crayons outside until they are cool.
- Putting them outside not only makes it so you can handle the pan but the crayons pop out. If they need a little help, a few bangs on the corner usually does the trick.
I have also read about cutting them out with a cookie cutter after they bake in cupcake liners, but I haven’t done it that way.
You can also poke a hole in them to hang them on a piece of ribbon. That would be great for girls but I’m not sure boys want a heart hanging around their necks – I suppose it depends on who gives him the heart!
Although this is a project I have done for my students, I think they would enjoy doing it themselves. An adult would have to remove the crayons from the oven but kids could do everything else. They would get into seeing how the colors flow into each other.