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Idea #4: Create creative crayons

Posted on April 04, 2013 in Autism, Differentiating Instruction

Many young learners need alternative materials for coloring and writing. You can certainly purchase crayons in other shapes (my very favorite are these irresistible and brightly colored crayon rocks that come in a dandy red velvet bag), but you can also make your very own for home or the classroom.

There are many tutorials on the web to make your own, but the basic directions are to load broken crayon pieces into silicon molds and bake at about 100 degrees. Then cool in your freezer. The best news about making your own? You can make choices based on your individual students or children. You can also create shapes related to fascinations (e.g., star crayons for a solar system enthusiast), pick favorite colors to incorporate, and make larger or smaller crayons depending on the individual’s motor abilities.

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