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Crayola Crayon Maker
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- Create fun crayon color combinations by melting worn crayons into new color-swirl mini crayons
- Melting and molding is fun for kids
- Clear hood allows kids to watch while crayons melt
- Safety latch lid stays locked while melting for safe fun
- Unique angled-edge package design
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Built from durable blue-plastic construction, the Crayola Crayon Maker looks like a little laboratory, decorated with dripping ooze and scientific doodads. The kit comes with four classic-colored crayons, which you can break into pieces and mix together in the machine's melting trays.
When melting crayon pieces in the metal melt tray, the safety-latch lid stays locked for safe fun. And the lid is clear so kids and adults can watch while the crayons melt -- a hypnotic pleasure.
When the crayons have melted down and blended together, a yellow lever on the side of the Crayon Maker tilts the tray to pour the melted crayons into the molds. With two compartments, the melt tray allows you to pour two new color designs at a time. With four crayon molds, that's two of each. When hardened, the flexible plastic mold frame easily snaps open to reveal newly formed crayons with exciting color combinations. With their new homemade crayons in hand, kids will be ready and psyched to color like never before!
Kids love to play and experiment, and when it comes to the Crayola Crayon Maker, it's all about the process. It's fun to choose different crayon colors and watch as they melt down into neat new swirled designs. By the time kids get to coloring, they can be even more proud of their work knowing they made the crayons too!
While the Crayon Maker is designed well for child safety, adult supervision is still necessary and requires a little patience. Thankfully, this is a toy that parents can actually enjoy along with their children.
What's in the Box
Crayon maker unit, 8 crayons, 2 crayon holders, melt tray, and pre-assembled mold and frame.
The crayon maker allows you to create new, swirled crayon colors. View larger.
Top Customer Reviews
We have children that love to draw with crayons. So, if you have any of these yourself then you probably also have a huge collection of half or broken pieces of crayons. When we saw this product we thought it would be a great way to get rid of all these pieces and have fun doing it.
You put the equivalent of two full crayons into each side of the metal holder. Then you close the lid, turn the knob, and wait for about 20 minutes for the entire process to complete. Yes, that is a long time. No, I do not recommend just sitting there the whole time watching it. The kids don't really get to have too much fun here other then watching crayons melt (whippee), and turning a knob after ten minutes to pour the melted wax into the molds. Other then that most of the time is spent waiting where I would do other things while occasionally checking in on the melting progress. I will stress we didn't think the process would be that fun, and it isn't. The real fun comes after about 1/2 hour when the crayons have set and you pop them out of the mold. The new crayons are really cool looking with colored swirls, and they work just as well as a new one of of the box.
Clean up is not too bad, as you just wipe the melted wax from the metal tray and scrap away anything left. The molds you can wipe clean, not much sticks to it. Don't buy this product because you think watching the process is going to be entertaining, as you will quickly find it is quite boring. Buy this product if you have lots of broken crayon pieces and you want your kids to create their own cool looking crayons from the crayola rubble. The fun is in using these new crayon creations, not really the making of them.
It takes 20 minutes. 10 to melt and another 10 to let it set and harden. Trial and error notes: mix light with dark crayons for a better effect. Dark colors mixed aren't very nice. Use very small pieces less than 1/2 inch for the best melting. Another fun thing...line a muffin pan with foil cupcake liners and put crayon pieces in them. Set oven on low setting and let them melt. The four stars for fun are because my kids did seem to enjoy it. Three for durability is because I see potential for some problems in the future with certain parts of the machine.
1. The 20 minute timer is mechanical and can't be circumvented. Good for avoiding hot wax on the little fingers, frustrating beyond belief if (like me) you get the lightbulb seated wrong the first go-round.
2. Doesn't take a lot of crayons to make new ones. Why? Well, these are little stubbies. Technically, I guess we don't all neeeeeed long crayons, but the point for us at our house was to make new crayons that could infiltrate the existing collection.
3. Clean up is pretty easy if you do it right away.
All in all, I think it's a good idea. However, my daughter wanted to make gifts for her friends, and this is just entirely too time consuming for that purpose. And the resulting crayons are okay, but a lot of wax is wasted.
For the safety-conscious crayon melter, you could achieve some pretty decent results with a mini muffin tin in an Easy Bake oven at a reasonable, and more versatile, price point.
We had read some of the reviews prior to buying it and were a little concerned about those that said it didn't melt very well or didn't fill the molds, but we didn't have any of those problems. It's been a great addition to our art area and I would recommend it to others.
We have TONS of old crayons in tubs around the house. This product gives those old crayons new life, while giving my kids creative fun. They've made hundreds of crayons so far, and the unit is holding up great.
I recommend this product wholeheartedly!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The kids love to create colors! Only issue was finding the correct light bulb.Published 15 days ago by Rebecca
I found that almost any combination of colors resulted in a muddy brownish crayon. It's slow and makes 1/2 crayons that a tool allows you to piece together 2 of the end pieces to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Staples
Does what is does but lacks in some areas.
Makes little stubby crayons.
New colors made do not look as you might expect. Read more
Disappointing - crayons don't melt enough even when using minimal crayons. They weren't melted enough to run into molds. Big mess.Published 1 month ago by Andrew J Peeters
Came used and incomplete!!!!! My child opened this gift Christmas Day... Really disppointed.Published 1 month ago by Joann
I realize the new machines are expensive so a $5.00 machine can't be too great but it was sold as a collector piece. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daria Smith
This is great to make new crayons out of old crayons, or to make new crayon colors! Lots of uses!Published 3 months ago by Leslie Belt