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The Crayola Crayon Maker is made from nearly 4 pounds of plastic, the crayons are petroleum-based, and my guess is that the toy is doomed to a short life cycle, but I’ve gotta admit, I like its spirit of creative waste transformation. No crayon bit is too small to be recycled — it’s a great, green lesson to be teaching our kids at an early age.

But before you shell out $59.95 for one of these puppies — which promises to be one of the hardest-to-snag, hottest toys of the 2009 holiday season — why not check out this cool article on how to recycle crayons the old-fashioned way? All it takes is some glass jars, a pot of boiling water, and a couple of candy molds (or ice cube trays). It’s the perfect art project/science experiment to do with your kids on a cold winter day, and it’s at least as exciting as staring at the Crayola Crayon Maker for 20 minutes while a 60-watt light bulb painstakingly works its magic.

While I certainly don’t want to deny any childhood the memory of Burnt Sienna, you could take the money you’ve saved and pick up a box or two of Prang soybean or Stockmar beeswax crayons.

–Jennifer Grayson

Do this now: Need more ideas for fun green art projects to do with your kids over the holiday weekend? Check out this post on how to make paint from blueberries and beets.

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3 Responses to “How to recycle crayons without buying a Crayola Crayon Maker”

  1. kelly Says:

    I can’t believe anyone in their right mind would actually BUY that when you can DIY for hardly anything but time!

  2. Jennifer Grayson Says:

    I agree. And I actually think the DIY version looks like more fun!

  3. crayonman101 Says:

    nah….i don’t believe so..
    why would you make crayons if there are crayon companies?
    why don’t we let them do the job…..
    the machine will also let your children to do it on their own,…..
    the one you advising is only for adults….
    little children can’t do it…
    why don’t you let them do the crayons
    reply to my url;http://crayolacrayonmaker101.blogspot.com/

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