Begin by hollowing out the eggs. Poke a hole in the top of the egg with a nail, and poke a larger hole in the bottom. The hole in the bottom should be about ½-inch in diameter. This is where you’ll stuff the crayons. Turn the egg with the large hole facing a bowl and blow into the smaller hole to empty the egg. Put the eggshells in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes to kill any bacteria and dry them completely.
Once the eggs are dry, cover the smaller hole with masking tape. Seal it completely so the crayon wax doesn’t leak out. Coat the inside of the egg with petroleum jelly using your finger.
*Tips for Parents: Kids can help poke the holes and coat the egg with petroleum jelly. This is a good way for them to practice using a gentle touch.
Step 2 – Peel the crayons
Peel the paper off of your crayons and snap them into smaller pieces.
Step 3 – Fill the eggs
Place a piece of aluminum foil in each cup of a muffin tin. Scrunch it so it forms a “nest” that will hold the egg upright. Set the eggshells in each nest with the larger hole facing up. Fill the eggs with the broken crayons.
*Tips for Parents: Kids can choose what combinations of colors to add to the eggs. Use a color wheel to show kids complementary and contrasting colors. Name the colors as you add them to the eggs.
Step 5 – Bake the eggs
Bake the eggs at 250 degrees until the crayons melt. Once melted, you will have a lot of space left in the egg. You will need to repeat the process of adding more crayons and melting them down one or two more times. Once you’re happy with the level of crayon in the egg, let them cool. Once they are completely cool, peel off the eggshell, revealing your vibrant, homemade egg-shaped crayons!
*Tips for Parents: Kids can peel the eggshells themselves. This is a great fine motor activity for them.
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