As far as we're concerned, the more things we can recycle the better. So, when we heard that our local drugstore (Elephant Pharmacy) will be recycling old and broken crayons throughout the month of September we were both amused and inspired.
What a cool way to teach a youngster about recycling: That broken Periwinkle crayon isn't going in the trash, we're walking it down the street and handing it off to people who will eventually use it to make more crayons.
Even if you aren't lucky enough to have a local drugstore facilitating the crayon recycling, you (and your child's school) can still do it. Just box up your crayon bits, your neighbor's crayons bits, and your friends' crayon bits, and send them to Crazy Crayons. They accept all colors, wrappers and all, and turn old, broken, rejected crayons into fresh coloring tools.
Oh, and if you want to buy some recycled crayons for your little ones, you can do that too.
Or, you could make your own "Crayon Cupcakes." Here are some helpful instructions.
image via cafemama; Flickr.com