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One Sunday morning while we were all getting ready to pack up the Twosome and head over to Nonni & Poppy’s house, I was remarking on how well Jake was playing in his room while my husband and I were taking showers, getting dressed, getting Olivia dressed, and packing the diaper bag.  He was quiet, and playing with his toys in an uncharacteristically quiet and non-chatty Jake manner.  I wasn’t complaining, though, because he was doing this all while Mike and I were running around the house like we were on an episode of Finders Keepers.  When I finally made my way up to his room to tell him it was time to go, I found him in the center of his rug scooping up a huge pile of broken crayons with his John Deere diggers and dumping them into his dump truck.  “Look, Mommy!  I broke all of my crayons!!” he said excitedly.  “Oh, yes. Yes you did, Honey,” I replied with a look of ehhhh…….. yeah, so you broke up your entire box of 64 Crayolas….. ok then.

Instead of dumping them in the trash when he wasn’t looking, I secretly got a little excited at the prospect of trying out a new craft project- Melting down the broken pieces and turning them into our own new set of crayons!  I gathered up the pile of broken Crayolas and put them in a ziploc bag for a great cabin fever weekend project.  Well, cabin fever struck the old Schweitzer house on Sunday afternoon.  Enter, Crayon Cookies!

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Together with Jake, Nonni, and myself, we seated ourselves at Jake’s picnic table in the basement and set up an assembly line- my Mom and I peeled off the papers on the broken crayons, passed them to Jake, and then he placed them into the cups on a mini muffin tin.  He mixed all of the colors, and once that was filled, I took it upstairs and baked them in the oven for about 10-15 minutes just until the crayons liquified.  I took them out, and let them cool outside on the porch.  After about a half hour, I tapped them out of the tin, and let the fun begin!

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To make your own crayons from the broken ones, just set your oven to preheat at 400 degrees, and put broken crayons, with the papers peeled off, into mini muffin tins.  We filled them up to the top- they will melt down about half way.  Mix and match your colors! Bake for about 10-15 minutes until you see the crayons are liquified.  Take them out and let them cool until they re-harden.  Tap the tin and your new crayons with pop right out.

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