Re-creating crayons

Kids love their crayons — until they break.Crayola Crayon Maker -- what to do with old crayons

As a parent, I pick up those broken pieces and place them back in the box or bag with the unbroken pieces waiting for that day my children realize those bits are just as good as before they split in two. It will never happen unless they’re desperate, but I can hope.

Now, there’s a better way. I just came across the fab Crayola Crayon Maker. Add the bits into the machine (kaleidoscope of colors welcome), melt them down, pour them into a mold and let them harden. Voila! New funky crayons.

I have a feeling kids will be breaking their crayons on purpose from now on. For ages 8+. Available at Toys R Us, $33.