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Important Message to My Readers


I know I have been absent from my daily blogging lately and I must first apologize for that. I took some time off to spend with my family, end the school year and complete evaluations, and begin planning for next school year etc.

In the midst of all this planning, I had a moment where I struggled with myself over where my priorities had fallen over the last year.

Princess did very well on her end of the year evaluation, still I felt I had not taught her enough. She did very well simply because she is a very bright child who was always ahead of her peers in many aspects. Due to her natural abilities, I highly expected her to breeze through Kindergarten work and tackle first grade level work with the hunger I have always seen in her. Truth is, she didn't.

When I took the time to think about why this would be, I could only conclude that I did not give her the guidance that she needed. My daughter is very smart, but she also loses focus very easily if not encouraged.

I have spent countless hours working on this blog over the past year. All you fellow bloggers know, it actually takes a lot of work creating unique articles, scheduling them to post at just the right time, writing honest reviews, hosting giveaways, announcing winners, hosting and participating in blog hops...I could go on, but I am sure you get the picture.

So, why was this a problem? I make no money doing this! We are a one income family and I was easily spending more time blogging than I would have at a part-time job that would have helped us financially. Not only was I not making money, I was also taking that precious time away from my family.

When my husband and I decided to start a family, it was decided that I would stay home with the children. My biggest dream in life was always to be a mom and I did not want to miss a single moment of my children's lives. I have missed many moments this past year.

So, after a fierce internal battle because I did not want to be a quitter, in the end I had to follow my heart and I chose my children.

I will no longer be blogging. Instead I will be devoting my time and energy to my kids, who deserve it more than anyone else in this world.

It has been a pleasure meeting all the wonderful people of the blogging world and an honor working with so many amazing companies, but it's time to say good-bye.

I must say, I have an enormous amount of admiration for the bloggy moms that not only blog, but work (whether part time or full time, inside or out of the home), raise their children (whether you homeschool or public school), get dinner on the table every night on time and still keep a healthy, happy relationship with their spouses. I applaud you - you all deserve to take a bow! I hope when I grow up I can be just like you!

Maybe when that day comes, I will return to the blogging world, but for now, the sweet voices of the most important two little people in the world are calling for Mama to come play.

So farewell my friends, until we meet again.

~ Busy Buzzer

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Crafting with Kids : An Eco-Friendly Project - Making Crayons!

Okay, so as I previously mentioned,  I am going to start sharing with you some of the crafts I do with my kids.

We don't always do "green" projects, but these are the ones I plan on sharing most often. There will be some that may not be classified as "Eco-friendly" but as I've said before, teaching my kids to be kind to their environment is important to me, so I will be trying to focus on that.


So, welcome to the first edition of Crafting with Kids!



Today I am going to show you a great way to use up all those crayons that have broken or been used down to just a little nub.



In our house, we hate to create unnecessary trash.  If we ever feel that something has the potential to be repurposed in the future, we hang on to it.  Well, crayons are one of those things. Let's face it, kids are not always gentle with their crayons.  They break them while coloring or leave them on the floor where someone inevitably steps on them.  But they are still crayons! They still have lots of color left in them! So, we keep them. We actually have a plastic container where we collect all these bits and pieces.



Well, I found a cool project one day while surfing the web.  Unfortunately, I can't recall where I found this. Anyhow,it's a great way to recycle those old crayons into new ones!

Here's what you need to complete this project:

  • A collection of old crayon pieces
  • a muffin tin
  • No-stick cooking spray
  • Some paper for coloring on when you're done!
That's all you need!

Once you've gathered up all your supplies, the first thing you need to do is tear off all the paper from those bits of crayons you collected.  This is the longest part of the project and a bit annoying if you ask me. But anyway....

Next, sort the crayons in to piles based on what "new" crayons you want to make.  This is a great learning tool!  Your kids can practice their sorting skills; placing all the yellow crayons together, blue crayons together etc.  You can also introduce color families with this project; showing your kids that pink and red, though different shades,  are still part of the same family etc.  Also, you can venture into the world of color mixing; showing that when yellow is mixed with blue, you will make green etc.



Once you have all your crayons sorted the way you want, you then have to spray your muffin tin with the no-stick cook spray.  I used the mini cupcake tin because my kids have little hands.  You can use any size tin you want.

Place your crayon pieces into the muffin tin.



Place the tin into a pre-heated 275 degree F oven.

After about 7 - 10 minutes, all the crayon pieces should be melted.  You can then swirl them with a toothpick if you want a marbleized look, stir them completely if you want the colors to mix or leave it as is.



Once the time is completely cooled, pop out your new crayons!



Now grab some paper (make sure you use BOTH sides!!) and get to coloring!!



Another great variation to the muffin/cupcake tin would be cookie cutters.  I haven't tried it yet, but I would think you would be pretty successful at using a flat baking sheet with some metal cookie cutters on top.  Make sure to spray the baking sheet and the cookie cutters.  Fill the inside of the cutters with your crayons and proceed as normal.  I would assume this would work and the result would be some cute shapes!

So, collect those crayons and get crafting!  You'll enjoy this quick, easy project and so will your kids!

But that is just one mom's opinion.

Have you recycled your old crayons this way?
Let me know your thoughts!

4 thoughts from friends buzzing by.:

Busy Working Mama said... [Reply to comment]

Fun! I'm saving up some broken crayons for a project like this...it's slow-going, though :)

Slipstitches said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, this is a great idea and a lot more fun to work with in the muffin tin shapes, especially for the little ones. And you didnt waste those used crayons.

Busy Buzzer said... [Reply to comment]

@Busy Working Mama
Unfortunately, my kids are so rough, we have tons of broken crayons!! That's why I wanted to find something to do with them instead of just tossing them! Let me know when you do your project! I'd love to see what you come up with!

Busy Buzzer said... [Reply to comment]

@Slipstitches Yes! The mini tins are the perfect size for the tiny hands of my little kids!!

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