We have had another 9 year old guest this weekend so I have been trying to come up with activities for all 4 girls. (Of course, no matter how many things I do with them, they are 'bored' the moment we are finished!) I thought I'd share one of the activities we tried this morning. It worked out well and kept them amused for about an hour, which is fantastic.
We decided to take the thousands of pieces of broken crayons from the crayon bucket and make them into nice chunky crayons for Acadia's 1-year-old hands to be able to maneuver.
We started by peeling the paper off all of the little broken crayons. This step was great since it took the girls a long time to complete. The three year old did tire of it after a bit, but the 2 older girls kept at it until all the crayons were peeled.
I then sprayed a mini muffin tin with vegetable oil and the girls placed the crayon pieces in with color combinations they found pleasing.
We were actually able to make a lot of 'muffins' with just a few crayon pieces.
I then put them in the oven for 5 minutes at 250 degrees. Make sure to keep an eye on them as they melt fast.
After they cooled, I simply popped them from their tins and, voila! The color combinations came out pretty cool.
I had the girls test the crayons as Acadia was still napping. They worked great and they had fun playing with all the different colors.
And now, they are bored.