Cold weather is approaching (hard to believe - it was almost 75 today just 2 days before Thanksgiving!). I put together a "bin o' fun" for those chilly, rainy, snowy days ahead. I used an underbed storage container and a 25 pound bag of rice I bought at BJs for $10.99. Add an assortment of sand-type toys, animals, kitchen utensils - easy peasy.
For more color I put a few squirts of red, blue and green food coloring with a few tablespoons of water in small containers. We added rice to this colorful mixture, gave it a stir as it drank up the water and then put the grains back in the bin.
Eli might argue the best part of the rice bin is cleaning it up. He's good about keeping the mess to a minimum but inevitably there are a few runaways. Eli loves the vacuum...and does a very thorough job for a pipsqueak!
I had a bag of nubby, old crayons I've been wanting to recycle. Now that Eli is recognizing colors and interested in sorting I thought I'd take advantage and get cracking! Here's how we made our chunky crayons.
Step 1: Sort naked crayons by color. Break big bits into smaller bits--oh, so much fun!
Step 2: Spray a muffin tin with Pam. Fill with crayon bits.
Step 3: Bake at 275 degrees for about 10 minutes.
Step 4: Let cool. Fridge or freezer helps speed things up.
Step 5: Knock chunky crayons from the muffin tin. Admire. Use. Love.
-Crayon wrappers are much easier to remove after soaking in water over night.
-The muffin tin I used is now designated as a "craft" item. Wax melted into tiny crevices in the muffin tin and I don't feel comfortable using it for baking again. While this wasn't my original plan muffin tins are great for distributing paint and for sorting small items like rocks, marbles and buttons.