Monday, November 11, 2013

11/11/13: Crayola Melt 'N Mold Factory and Create2Destroy

Crayola has some super cool products.  Not only can you draw with their crayons but you can make crayons.  We got to try out the Melt 'N Mold Factory and the Create2Destroy - Dino Destruction - Metropolitan Mayhem.  Here is some more information about both of them plus an Instagram contest that Crayola is running for their Create2Destroy line.  I am going to start with the Melt 'n Mold Factory.
 The machine provides 24 crayons that you can use to create with.  You take the crayons and break them each in to 3-4 pieces.
 Put the broken pieces of crayons in to the silver melting tray.
  Close the cover and turn the factory on with the small yellow swtich.  Then turn the knob on the side.  The machine is very safe as the plastic cover stays on while it is heated up.  It unlocks when it has cooled enough to open it.
 This set comes with both a mold for crayons and for rings.
 Now you can see the crayons melted.
 Once the yellow dial is turned to the area that shows you to pour the melted crayons you turn the smaller knob which lifts the melting tray and pours the melted crayons in to the molds.  I did find that after one cycle when it said to pour the melted crayons ours were not fully melted so I had to run the cycle again.
 As far as cleanup it was not too bad to clean.  The melting try and the plastic mold are the two things to be cleaned.  I poured really hot water on to the melting tray and the crayon was easy to clean off.  Same with the molds which were even easier to clean.  Here is Lauren showing me the finished product.  
Here is some video of the Melt 'n Mold Factory in action.
We also got two of the extra add on packs that makes twisted crayons and spinners.  These came with additional colors of crayons so we decided to use those for the rings.
Here are some of the neon colors we used.
 We created rings with these.
 Aren't they pretty?
It does take quite a while to make the crayons.  In our case it took about 25 minutes.  Kids attention spans are not that long and mine needed something else to entertain them while they were waiting so we decided to also break out the Create2Destroy Dino Destruction - Metropolitan Mayhem.
My son loves dinosaurs.  This set includes Destructodon, his dino pal Wreckzilla, 2 volcano catapults, Morphix™ construction compound and a bunch of molds set the scene on the playmat.
The kids got right to creating.  The Morphix has a grainy sandy feel to it that the kids didn't seem to mind.  Evan did have a hard time getting the Morphix out of the molds.  
Lauren being silly with one of the Dinos.  They do suggest that you use the Morphix on the playmat they provide.  We also have a plastic clear tablecloth on this table so I wasn't worried.
He enjoyed having the dino chomp on some of the Morphix.
Plus right now Crayola is having a Create 2 Destroy contest. To enter the contest, create a :15 Instagram video of their child(ren) getting carried away with Crayola’s Create 2 Destroy product, and post it on Instagram with a caption that includes a creative storyline and #create2destroy. Make sure the “Photos Are Private” option in your Instagram account settings is set to “OFF”.  The winning entry will have that child’s story featured on the 2014 product box and will win a $1,000 gift card.  For more information check out the Crayola Facebook page here.
Here it is as packaged.
I highly recommend these cool Crayola products to let you kids create and have hours of fun.
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Disclosure:  These Crayola products were provided for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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