Rainbows and St. Patrick’s Day kind of go hand-in-hand; you can’t have a pot of gold without a rainbow, after all. So along with all of the shamrocks and green glitter that’s scattered around the house right now, we’ve also been going crazy with the rainbow colors. Actually, let’s be real, we’re always crazy with the rainbow colors no matter the season.
This cheerful book has huge splashes of watercolor illustrations on every page and a charming life lesson to match. Ava wakes up to discover the most beautiful rainbow outside her window and wishes for it to stay forever. But when it does actually stay, day after day, people start to loose interest and take it for granted. Ava quickly realizes that sometimes the most precious things in life are also the rarest of all. A great jumping off point for discussions about gratitude, thankfulness, and value.
We got inspired and decided to melt down our old broken crayons into a new rainbow of colorful discs. Directions below…
Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed) by Ged Adamson.
Story Art Inspiration: Recycled Crayon Discs
We’ve been saving broken and dull crayons for months now, hoarding them away for this exact project. I had been looking for some fun crayon molds for a few weeks, but didn’t want to spend the money on a one-time thing, so our mini muffin tin came to the rescue!
Step 1: Gather your supplies. You’ll need a muffin tin (mini or standard), muffin liners (optional), broken crayons and some warm soapy water.
Step 2: Let your crayons soak in warm soapy water to get the paper off. Some tend to come off easier than others. Break up those crayon bits a little more and toss them into your muffin tins. We knew we wanted to keep similar colors together to get our rainbow effect once they were done, so we didn’t mix and match much… but you can!
Step 3: Pop your muffin tin into the oven, I had ours set to 350 degrees and kept a close eye on it. Within 5 minutes the crayons were melting, so I pulled them out to cool.
Step 4: Let the melted crayon cool completely and then remove them from the muffin tin and paper (if you used the liners). We also softened the sharper edges by coloring with the crayons a bit on a scrap piece of paper, which makes them more inviting to hold and they tend to shed less.