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One day I was sharpening pencils on the table, out on the patio. I put an errant crayon on the this plastic dartboard. It stood straight up. I put another one, and then another one! Yaaa, a new use for this toy that no longer worked!
The kids were amazed and delighted. I think they like the feeling of placing the crayons on the board and seeing them stand up. I think it is just cute and you can see the colors you need to color with at a glance!
By Robyn from Tennessee
My son is entering Kindergarten and on his school supply list was 4 boxes of 8 primary crayons. K-Mart was running a special on a box of 24 Crayola crayons for .25 cents. A box of 8 was .89 cents. I bought 3 boxes of crayons and had one perfect set at home. I pulled the 8 primary colors out and put them into a snack sized zip lock bag and put the rest of the crayons in his own box. The boxes never last anyway. :)
Since it's Back To School time, there are office staples available for insanely low prices. A few years ago, I supervised a daycare and this time of year, I would stock up on as much as I could afford for the next year - scissors, glue sticks, and especially crayons are so cheap right now. I would buy 3 or 4 big boxes (like 64 and up) and a case of 24 count crayons.
When we ran low in our crayon containers, the big boxes would provide the unusual colors, but the basics (red, blue, black pink, green, etc.) would get used more often. I would throw in a 24 count for the quickly used colors more often than the 64 count. This is a good tip for church meetinghouse libraries as well.
I stock up at home too. I have a shelf dedicated to office storage, so when my kids need a new notebook or some other school supply during the school year, I already have it on hand. I buy Crayola brand crayons. I know they are more expensive, but here's the reason why. The cheaper crayons leave tiny specks of wax, kind of like what is left over when you use an eraser. The wax specks are a pain in the neck to clean up! But Crayola wax stays on the paper instead of making a smeary mess to clean.
By Marie from Idaho Falls, ID
Also, if you have the time, you can break the crayons into pieces and melt them in the muffin pan (use the special shape pans for more fun) to make new crayons and bring them back to life.
By Jennifer B. from Leland, NC
I solved my daughter's problem of too many crayons, ink pens, and colored pencils by giving her a makeup organizer. This organizer has three zippered pockets, and folds into a square with a handle.
I use a lazy Susan type revolving plate to organize crayons. On the plate, I put small plastic boxes used to store paper clips, only without the lids. Each box is a different color.
I run a day care and we put all crayons in an old baby wipe container. We also have one with markers, and one with colored pencils.