Earth Day Activities: How To Make Crayons & Play Dough

How to Make Crayons and How to Make Play Dough are both easy to follow Earth Day Activities. I love the bright colors and they make me long for spring! They are predicting shovelable snow next week so let’s concentrate on spring crafts instead of thinking about snow!

How To Make An Earth Crayon
These Earth Day Craft Activities can be made with kids or if you are like me, they can be made by adults and given to the kids in their lives. Every kid seems to love crayons…except for my son Zack. He is very talented at drawing and has always preferred using pen and sometimes pencil. Same thing with play dough. What kid doesn’t love it? And when they can help make it, that is even better! So, I am going to share how to make planet earth crayons and how to a make play dough.

I showed the earth crayons to my husband and asked him what they looked like. He said they look like bottlecaps. I asked him to guess again and he said, “Earth?” When I told him yes, he said, “They aren’t the right shape.” So, if you are like my husband and can’t look at a circle and imagine a sphere, just bear with me on this one and pretend they look like earth crayons!

How To Make CrayonsEvery year, my kids bring home their leftover crayons from school. The older they get the less they use crayons so many of them are still in great condition. We put them all in a box and their little cousins use the crayons when they come over. I’ve used them to make pumpkin crayons for fall and when I saw these earth crayons by Sandy Toes and Popsicles, I had to try them. To make the crayons that look like earth, first preheat the oven to 250ยฐF. Peel the wrapper off of blue, white and green crayons. We love Crayola crayons so that is what I used to make these.

Crayon Bits In Muffin TinBreak or cut the crayons into small pieces. Start by putting a few white pieces in the bottom of a muffin tin. Top the white pieces with the green and blue pieces. The more crayon pieces you add, the thicker they crayons will be.

DIY Globe CrayonsBake them at 250ยฐF for 15-20 minutes, until the crayons are melted. Carefully remove the muffin tin from the oven without mixing the colors. Allow the crayons to cool on the counter and then put them into the fridge for 30 minutes. When I removed them from the fridge, I turned the muffin tin upside down and gave it a smack on the counter. All of the crayons popped out. I have heard of people spraying the muffin tins with cooking spray first but that wasn’t necessary.

Pot Of Dough IngredientsThe recipe that I used for making the play dough is one that I received from my mother in law. She made this play dough for my teen when she was little! I noticed that it is very similar to the recipe Arty Fartsy Mama share in last week’s link party but it uses 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar instead of 2 tablespoons. Put flour, water salt, cream of tartar and canola oil in a saucepan.

Ball of DoughCook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until a ball of dough forms. Remove from heat and when the dough is cool enough to touch, knead it until smooth.

Color Play DoughDivide the dough into how ever many pieces you need for the colors you want. I was only making green and blue. Put several drops of food coloring on the dough and carefully knead it until the color is uniform. Be careful not to get the food coloring everywhere! Add more food coloring if desired.

Homemade PlaydohI divided the colored play dough into small pieces, rolled them into balls and put them in small craft bags. I tied the bags closed with coordinating baker’s twine.

How To Make An Earth CrayonThey are all set and ready to go!

Play Dough Recipe
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
  1. Mix flour, salt, water, canola oil and cream of tartar in a large saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a ball of dough forms.
  3. Remove from heat and when the dough is cool enough to touch, knead until smooth.
  4. Divide the dough into the number of pieces needed for the desired colors.
  5. Add drops of food coloring to the dough and carefully knead until the color is uniform.

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  1. Christy says

    My Girl Scout troop wants to out something homemade in the birthday party in a bag they are making for the kids at the battered women’s shelter. They love the play dough. What is the shelf life of the play dough?

    • Tonia says

      Thanks Dorothy! You are? I’ve never even though about the possibility of someone being allergic to it! So sorry to hear that!

    • Tonia says

      Thanks Vel! I gave some play dough and crayons to my nieces last night when they were over and they had fun with them!

  2. says

    Hey,,, I have not been reading my fav blogs lately. Our new baby seems to take all my time. I love this play dough recipe. My kids will play for hours with it….psst so do I. It is fun to be a kid again.

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