Have someone naughty (or just artistic) on your stocking stuffer list? Maybe they could use a lump of coal - crayon.
I made a couple this morning to go along with a breakfast reading of Lemony Snicket's The Lump of Coal. It's the story of finding Christmas "miracles" in strange places, like home and hearth, or in a dumped over bag of barbecue briquette in the backyard.
To make the crayons, I peeled the wrappers from black crayons, and placed them in an old, disposable pie pan...
...and then into a 250 degree Fahrenheit over for 5-10 minutes, until they were completely melted.
As they started to cool (just a few seconds out of the oven), I used plastic spoons to scrape up the amount of soft wax I wanted...
...and then formed them into a rough ball by hand. The entire process took about 15 minutes, and they were ready to use within minutes after that.
Two and a half crayons will make a one inch lump of coal, just right for little hands to put to creative use.
For more story stretching arts and crafts, check out this week's stART (story + ART) link-up, at A Mommy's Adventures.
It's great to be a homeschooler.