This post about how to make rainbow crayons is sponsored by Simon & Schuster, however, all opinions are my own.
Without a doubt, reading is, in my opinion, the most important subject for my homeschooled elementary-aged children. Once you know how to read and can read well, you can learn anything. It’s the foundation for all of the learning that will follow! Because of that, we focus a large amount of our educational time on reading with our children every single day. Maggie started out really resisting learning to read but, just today, she actually asked for books for Christmas! (Yes, this mama was SO excited!)
Ready-to-Read Books are FUN for Kids!
One series we love to use in our homeschooling is the Ready-to-Read series from Simon & Schuster! Ready-to-Read is designed to turn every child into a reading star with five levels that help develop young readers. The levels have really helped me find books for my children that would be perfect for their reading level — difficult enough that it’s challenging but not so difficult that it’s frustrating for them. From nonfiction series to original stories and everything in between, Ready-to-Read has something for everyone – yes, even pickier kids like Maggie and beginner readers like my Jacob. Ready-to-Read has a broad range of books, like exciting nonfiction, beloved characters, and fan favorites, so it offers a great variety for my kids.
Beloved characters from authors like Doreen Cronin and Eric Carle will delight fans of traditional picture books. Stories from fan favorites like Daniel Tiger, the PJ Masks, and the Peanuts will get kids excited to read about their adventures. Unique and accessible nonfiction series such as “You Should Meet,” and “Living In…” explore the influential people in our world, and take readers around the globe to read about different cultures. There is so much variety with Ready-to-Read books!
Ready-to-Read Books Are a Great Educational Tool!
All Ready-to-Read titles have been vetted by educational experts to adhere to the latest reading guidelines, and each level is designed to help children confidently grasp new reading concepts. Every title utilizes concepts such as sight words, shorter lengths, word families, rhyming, and contains a guide at the beginning of each book to prepare children for the story ahead. Fun reading comprehension questions at the end of each story help children to re-engage with the text and better understand it. With fun “Star” levels, kids and parents can utilize the easy to understand system to bolster confidence as they move through the levels at their own pace.
Ready-to-Read books make kids happy because reading is FUN, while still offering parents and educators well crafted, imaginative stories and engaging nonfiction that help to grow a child’s reading and vocabulary skills. They are designed for children ages 4-10.
We recently received a few new Ready-to-Read titles, including True Colors! The Story of Crayola (part of the History of Fun Stuff series). Maggie and Jacob had so much fun learning about the history of Crayola that it gave me an idea — we could make Rainbow Crayons together! This is something I used to love doing as a child and I knew that all of my kids would love it too. Here’s how to make your own Rainbow Crayons.
How to Make Rainbow Crayons
- a baking sheet
- a silicon mold – we used this one
- nonstick spray
- Start by making sure you peel all paper off of your crayons. Depending on the size of your mold, you may need to also break crayons into smaller pieces.
- Preheat the oven to 175 degrees.
- Spray the mold with nonstick spray.
- Fill the mold with pieces of crayons.
- Bake on a baking sheet until the crayons have all melted and just started to blend together, about 15-25 minutes depending on the size of your mold.
- Once melted, remove from the oven and let the crayons cool completely so they resolidify before removing from the mold. I helped ours to cool faster by putting ice on the cookie tray to lower the temperature more quickly.
My kids were all so excited about their new rainbow crayons – especially since they were in fun animal shapes! These are great crayons for little toddler hands, but also fun for older kids too because of the colorful picture they create when using them. My kids are already asking when we can do this craft again!
Purchase the new True Colors! The Story of Crayola from Ready-to-Read and then make this fun craft with your kids this month! Plus, make sure you check out all of the other fun titles in the Ready-to-Read series! Some of our other favorites include the Henry and Mudge books, Peanuts books, and other History of Fun Stuff books! Learn more about these books at ReadytoRead.com.