Resourceful Moms know that the best thing to do with leftover stubby bits of broken crayon is to melt them down and make new ones, but have you ever thought about making your new crayons in fun seasonal shapes? We used two silicone ice cube trays that we picked up at the dollar store to create these nifty rainbow pumpkin and skull crayons (okay, so the pumpkins look like ribbed circles, but those teeny little stems were the first part that my kids wanted to color with until they disappeared!). We just chopped up our peeled crayon stubs into small chunks, tossed them into the molds and put them in the oven at 175 for about 20 minutes.
My boys were really inspired to draw more than usual since the crayons produced color-changing lines, but you can always sort out your colors (a great fine motor building activity for the little guys!) ahead of time if you want to make solid color crayons. Have fun and feel great about recycling and keeping more stuff out of the trash!