You guessed it: homemade crayons! Now this was NOT a one day project in our household. As a matter of fact, this first step took many many days. But it was all worth it in the end. Each of my boys had a set of crayons to give to each of their friends for the holidays (and we even kept a set for ourselves).
1. Find your old and broken crayons and peel the labels off. You can choose to make kalidescope crayons (multi-colored) or separate them by similar colors. If separating, it is best to do it during this step.
2. Have a "responsible" adult chop the crayons into small chunks. This is not as easy as you may think - those crayons have a tendency to roll away and fly across the room! HINT: use an old cutting board and knife that you can keep for crafts only - the crayon does not wash off.
I even found the cutest poem to include with our recycled crayons by Helen H. Moore:
I had a box of crayons,
All shiny, straight and new,
I lent a friend on crayon,
And-oops-it broke in two!
My friend said she was sorry,
But I said, " I don't care,
'cause now we both can color
with one crayon-we can share!"