This is the 1st year for REACH’s crayon recycling project. We’re making use of old, broken crayons–instead of throwing them away.
Crayon Project is a Green Steps project for conserve and reuse. This Green Steps project has 3 components:
- Students learn something about reducing landfill waste by recycling.
- Do something to conserve and reuse items that would be thrown away.
- Teach others about what they have learned about item that can be reused and repurposed.
We implemented this project at the Irmo Co-op–where students meet once a week to engage in learning activities. Participants can sign up for the STEAM club one-lesson-at-a-time or commit to all the lessons. This learning co-op meets at Christus Victor Lutheran Chuch.
Composting and Recycling helps reduce how much we throw away.
LEARN: Several of our Green Steps project address reducing what we throw into the landfill. This project is finding new uses for items that would otherwise be thrown away. In this project, students learned about reusing broken crayons. We also used/reused cans and discussed what other items they could reuse and repurpose.
Crayon molds make fun new crayons!
DO: The students explored the color variations and melting points of different brands of crayons. They made a color variation for their new crayon creations.
How long does it take to melt these crayons?
Sort crayons into single color groups. Melt one color so you can pour it into a candy mold for fun new shapes. The hot plate is set on low so students can manage the melting on their own.
Peel the paper wrapper off the crayons.
Variation: Partially melt multi-colored crayons together in the oven. Watch them as they melt so you catch them when they are just soft and blobbed together, but not completely liquified.
This new crayon is awesome!
TEACH: Students are taking their crayon creations home with them. They are telling their friends and families about the ongoing problem of reusable materials in our landfills. This handmade crayon is a great token gift that works as a conversation starter about conservation.
Got markers? Toss them here!
REACH has an ongoing collection of broken crayons and dried up markers. It’s an ongoing conversation among our members about keeping these items out of landfill.
Read more about our Green Steps Projects 2018-2019: