Recycling to Create a New Crayon

I am a Pre-K teacher and my students really love to color. They make drawings and color pictures all the time. This creates several piles of crayon nubs. I always hate to waste things, so I started recycling the tiny crayon nubs by melting them down into new and fun shapes!

I have had my fair share of problems with my new creations…

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but they do look cool once they are finished. The wax overflowed in the mold. This can be fixed by chipping the excess off, or my using a lighter to reshape the edges.

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You can also find other crayons in my Etsy shop. The dinosaur crayons in the mold above are for my class, but I make other shapes too.

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New Items for Claycrab23’s clay shop

I have just posted some new stuff into my Etsy shop.

Here is the tiny cat Jesse:

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Here is the alien Goob. He is glow it the dark. I used glow in the dark clay and I wasn’t sure if it would work or not. But it does, as long as you hold it under the light long enough.

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I also made a Tic Tac Toe game:

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Then there is the adorable piggy, Percy:

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So check them out when you get the time.

A Collection of Ideas, And So Much More

I would like to talk about one of my favorite sites today: Pinterest.com.

You need an invite in order to become a member of this site, but most people will invite you. You can connect to pinterest from facebook or twitter and then pinterest will post your pins for you if you want them to. (I don’t usually like it when sites do this for me, but I’m okay with pinterest doing it.) Pinterest seems to largely have a women’s following, but men can join too. This article talks about the statistics for women and men and pinterest.  I am studying to become an elementary school teacher and really love that there are so many pins and boards dedicated to education and educational tools.

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There are also pins that send you to sites with awesome educational printouts as well!

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My favorite category in pinterest is the animal category. Just looking at all the cute animals will brighten your day.

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I also use Pinterest to advirtise the items in my etsy shop. That way more people will see them or be linked to my shop. If the item has been sold then they could just contact me and I could make them a similar item if they want.