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Crayon Recycling If your home is like mine, you have crayons in just about every nook and cranny available. Most of them are broken or stubs, but they still color. I just can't bring myself to throw them out. But what am I supposed to do with them? A company called LAF Lines, Ltd. has a

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    If your home is like mine, you have crayons in just about every nook
    and cranny available. Most of them are broken or stubs, but they
    still color. I just can't bring myself to throw them out. But what
    am I supposed to do with them?

    A company called LAF Lines, Ltd. has a solution. You can send your
    unwanted crayons to them and they will melt them down and create new
    crayons from the old bits and call them Crazy Crayons. You can send
    your unwanted crayons for crayon recycling to:

    Crazy Crayon/LAF Lines Ltd.
    6794 Highway 394
    Craig, CO 81625
    1-800-561-0922

    For every pound sent to LAF Lines, Ltd. for crayon recycling, you
    will receive one CRAZY CRAYON?. For example: you send 50 pounds of
    unwanted crayons and you will receive 50 CRAZY CRAYONS? in return!
    This is a great idea for schools and daycares! When you're ready to
    ship the crayons to LAF Lines, Ltd. for crayon recycling, please
    consider the following to keep your shipping costs down:

    Use sturdy boxes that closely fit the amount of contents (to avoid
    crushing and breakage of box).


    A large box is less expensive to ship than several small boxes (do
    not exceed the 70 pound limit per box).


    Small packages (less than 5 pounds) may cost less shipping via the
    U.S. Mail.


    If using UPS basic ground service, call UPS @ 1-800-742-5877 to let
    them know that you're shipping to a business (for lower rates).


    And to ensure that you receive your CRAZY CRAYONS? for each pound
    that you send in:

    Please put your address inside each box (sometimes the address on
    the outside gets covered or damaged).


    Please make a note of when you want the CRAZY CRAYONS? sent, if
    there's a deadline.


    Please LEAVE THE WRAPPERS ON THE CRAYONS! It makes each much easier
    to wrap and makes it easier for you to send them!


    http://www.recycling-revolution.com/cra ... cling.html

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    crayola also makes a machine to do this. they used to sell them at Wal-Mart &
    Toys R us
    they are really fun
    Beth

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    I do this myself. Just break the crayons into small
    pieces and put them into a muffin tin, and melt them
    in the oven, let cool and you get some really neat
    mixtures of color.
    Deanna

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    I was told by a Kinder. Teacher at a private school that we looked at that we should not let our daughter use new crayons because they don?t learn to hold them right. They need to be broken so that the kids have to learn to hold them a certain way. I was also told that we should not be letting the kids color on coloring pages, but to get them a big blank (without lines) floor pad of paper and have them draw pictures until they fill the page up. When they get good at that we are supposed to give them a size smaller and let them graduate down to regular size so this can help build their imagination up, helps with confidence, and will help them learn to pay attention to details (which is the big thing kids are needing to learn these days).



    I have one of the crayon makers and I hated it. I got it for X-mas a few years ago and you have to buy a certain light bulb to use with it and then let the crayons cool for 24-48 hours. After I had let mine cool for 3 days they started to melt while my daughter was trying to color with them (they were literally melting in her hands). I wouldn?t recommend one of those to anyone.



    HTH,

    Stacey

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    On Jul 29, 2006, at 2:24 PM, Stacey Lopez wrote:


    I was also told that we should not be letting the kids color on coloring pages, but to get them a big blank (without lines) floor pad of paper and have them draw pictures until they fill the page up.



    Actually, both drawing & coloring are good. Drawing on a blank page helps with the imagination, & coloring helps with eye/hand coordination. Neither should be used alone!


    dee

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    you can make crazy crayon cookies yourself. Put muffin liners in a muffin
    pan, add crayon pieces and melt in the oven. You can make crazy cookies by
    adding a bunch of different colors, or just 1 color for a more uniform
    effect. Try using greens and browns for "camophlage" or pinks and purples
    for a "Barbie" color cookie. Make sure to fill the liners no more than half
    full. You don't have to liquify them, just melt them until soft and they
    stick al together. You can experiment in your own oven for this.



    Blessings, Andrea in Mass. <><

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    It is better to use the foil liners; the paper liners allow the oily residue to
    bleed out of them. These are the perfect size for small hands.
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    I use a small muffin tin to melt our crayons - after they have melted and
    cooled a bit, I put the whole pan in the freezer and the crayons pop right
    out. I throw the pan in the dishwasher & I'm done.

    Emily

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    I'd definatly rather do it myself for free, rather than the cost of
    shipping it.

    It doesn't say what they do with extras, do they? I mean, if you
    don't send them a pound, you don't get anything back, right? And is
    each crazy crayon they make 1 pound in weight?

    Do they donate them to schools? Churchs? I'd probably be willing to
    do it if I know where the extra's are going to, I suppose.

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    I'm sorry, but I completely believe in "coloring outside the lines". I think the private school Kinder teacher needs to lighten up. Sure, the way you describe things, those kids may learn faster at first but I guarantee that by the time they go off to college, it won't matter one iota. As far as crayons go, I have a very "artistic" 7 year old who still likes to color on things that she isn't supposed to so I really have to restrict her use of crayons, markers, etc. I do like the recycling idea by melting your own. Don't think I'd be shipping off a big heavy box of broken crayons so someone else could do it for me.

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    We did that every year at Christmas to make stained glass ornaments to
    give to relatives. We would glue a construction paper "frame" around
    it, and cut them into different ornament shapes. It was a lot of fun.

    We also did this in the fall with pretty leaves for wall decorations.

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    On Aug 1, 2006, at 11:57 AM, Heather wrote:


    ot an old cheese grater and had my mom grate the crayons
    I remember doing these too! Do you think that would kill the salad shooter? It sure would be easier! And a big paper bowl full of grated crayons would keep my kids entertained (outside of course!) for quite some time!

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    I wouldn?t do it if you want to use the salad shooter for food again.



    How old are the kids?let them grate it.



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    One thing that I have done in the past with broken or small crayons is to have my kids make greeting cards with them. I take colored construction paper (sometimes I or an older child will cut it into a shape such as a Christmas tree) and fold it in half making a sharp crease. I then have the kids open the card and sprinkle different colors of shavings that I have placed in bowls on one side of what appears to be the inside of the card. Close it with the crayon shavings inside and cover with a cloth that you don't mind getting stained. Use a warm iron and gently press the card until you feel that it has become smooth inside. You can then open the card and let it dry. The crayon stained part on the card is then turned into the outside of the card and you can have the kids write what they want in the center of the card or you can write what they want to say. The kids think that these cards are so cool and it is a fun way to teach them about recycling.

 

 

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