July will be here before we know it, and these patriotic craft crayons are super easy and fun to make with your young learners. Add a few coloring pages or plain paper for them to draw fireworks (of course add a little glitter) and you have a simple activity to keep your little ones busy while you prep for family fun.
- Broken Red & Blue Crayons
- Silicone Star Mold (usually at WalMart for $1)
- Place your silicone star molds on a flat surface. I suggest placing them on a baking sheet so you can easily move the molds to and from the oven with zero crayon spills.
- Take your broken crayons and remove all the paper.
- Sort the crayons by color.
- Now for the fun part. Take your broken crayons and start placing them in the molds. To get a red & blue tie-dye effect, just toss the broken crayons in the molds randomly. To get solid colors, place similar shades of red and blue together in each star.
- Once your silicone star molds are filled with crayons, turn the oven on 250º F. Once heated, place the molds in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the crayons have fully melted.
- After your patriotic crayons are nice and melted, take them out of the oven and let them cool and return to a solid state.
- Once your patriotic crayons are solid, pop them out of the molds.
- Color away!!! Enjoy 🙂
This is such a simple but fun activity that your kids will love. This is also a great lesson to teach on matter. When making the patriotic craft crayons, talk about how the crayons are a solid, and when heat is applied, they become a liquid. As the crayons cool, they become a solid again. It's a great way to apply learning opportunities to everyday life.
If you are teaching about The Constitution, basic government vocabulary (patriotic, flag, etc), or you want a few really great coloring sheets to use your new star crayons with, you can check out my patriotic unit by clicking here.