Wow! It has been a really long time since my last post. I took on a new position this year (I am now teaching the English side of a second grade dual immersion class), and it has been pretty overwhelming. Just lately, I'm beginning to feel like I have my feet under me.
My co-teacher and I were discussing what we wanted to do for Valentine's day, and searching the internet for ideas. We are on a tight budget since we have 56 students and were thinking about how we could manage this when we had a lightbulb moment; we have tons of broken crayons! That combined with a cute idea that we found on Pretty Handy Girl's blog made the decision for us: melted crayon heart Valentines!
Ok, wait a minute! I HATE peeling crayons. It is a long, tedious, nail-breaking process. This gave me another light bulb moment: Google it! What did we do before Google came along? I found two videos on how to easily peel crayons: one that used an Exacto knife and one that used hot water. No brainer on this one - I didn't feel like cutting off any of my fingers, so I went with the hot water method, and it worked fairly well.
I filled a bowl with hot water straight from the tap, and dumped in some crayons. For some of them, the paper came off right away all on its own. Others took a little bit of rubbing once the paper became mushy. There were a few that still didn't want to come off, and I just threw those away; didn't feel like fighting with them!
Don't know why, but the Rose Art crayons float!
Once I had them peeled, I broke them into small pieces (if they weren't already).
I sprayed my tray with vegetable spray and filled the cups about halfway full with the broken bits. I then popped them in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes. I used a silicone muffin tray, but I wouldn't recommend this! They weren't easy to get out of the tray, and I broke several of them in the process. And on the second round, it drooped and I dropped it as I was taking it out of the oven. It made a HUGE mess. On the bright side, my smoky house smelled like crayons for two days, and I love the smell of crayons! After that, I placed it on a metal cookie sheet and that solved that problem.
They don't look very pretty when they come out of the oven, but when I took them out of the tray and flipped them over, they looked very different. Make sure you let them cool completely before you take them out of the tray.
I especially like this one.
Once they were all cooked, I printed the message we wanted (4 fit on a page), cut them apart, and attached the hearts. All the blogs I looked at said to attach the hearts with glue, but that didn't work for me. I ended up sticking them on with duct tape (man's go-to solution for fixing just about anything!). I think they came out pretty well even if I did leave out the space between 'el' and 'fondo.' Oh well! Nobody's perfect, right?