Melt down and remold your kiddies' crayon stubs into colorful, fun-shape crayons they can have a second go-around with. Here's how:

1. Preheat the oven to 150°F. Remove the paper from around the crayons and chop them into 1/4-inch pieces. You can either sort the colors by color family, or mix them up into piles of contrasting hues.

2. Line your baking tins-you can find tins with all kinds of novelty shapes these days-with tin foil or foil baking cups, and place your crayon pieces in the molds.

3. Place the tins in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or just until the crayons have melted. Take the tins out of the oven to cool.

Difficulty level: Easy