Creative Crayons


In How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by Monica Sweeney, illustrated by Feronia Parker Thomas, a very resourceful box of crayons saves the day when best friends Sun and Clouds get in a big fight.

Here’s how you can save your broken new crayons, giving them a new life so every day can be full of colorful fun:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Oven
  • Muffin pan
  • Broken/unwanted crayons
  • Oven mitt
  • Refrigerator
  • Dish towel
  • An adult

Here’s what to do:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.melted-crayon
  2. Peel off all remaining crayon wrappers.
  3. Break up crayons into small pieces if they aren’t already broken.
  4. Fill up the muffin tin with broken crayons. You can use multiple colors for a tie-dye affect. It’s okay to fill them right up to the top.How the
  5. Have an adult place tin in the oven. Let bake for about 10-13 minutes.
  6. Using an oven mitt, have an adult carefully remove the tin from the oven. (The wax will still be liquid, so have a steady hand.) Let cool on a heat resistant surface for about 25 minutes.
  7. Place your tin in the refrigerator or freezer for 5-10 minutes. (If you don’t let the tin cool in between, your crayons will probably crack due to extreme temperature changes.)
  8. Remove tin from refrigerator or freezer and flip over on to a dishtowel. The crayons should pop right out.
  9. Get drawing!




How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by Monica Sweeney, illustrated by Feronia Parker-Thomas




The Sun and the Clouds are best friends. Together they keep the world warm, the gardens growing, and the sky full of beautiful rainbows. But one day they get into a fight and refuse to be in the sky together. And that means there are no longer any rainbows. Without rainbows, the colors start disappearing until Earth was left with no color … except for one little forgotten box of crayons in one little school desk.

Determined to save the rainbows and fix the Sun and Clouds’ friendship, the crayons draw rainbows all over town. Their attempts go unnoticed. Soon they realize that they’re going to have to do something big to get the attention of the former friends. So, the crayons create the biggest rainbow they can and hope it’s enough to bring color back to the world.

How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow teaches the importance of teamwork and perseverance through seven crayons with unique personalities and their desire to see the world in color.

Monica Sweeney loves crayons and rainbows, and always wondered what would happen if the world lost its colors. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Feronia Parker Thomas is an illustrator who loves to sketch and scribble all day. She has a fondness for bears and penguins but would probably prefer a dog as a pet. She lives in London, England.

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