Crayon Melts And Me

When I was in grade school (before we started homeschooling), I remember that even as a 6-8 year old, there were fads.  Remember pogs?  I still don't know what the point of those things were, but if you were cool, then by George, you had to have pogs.

One year I remember that the thing that all the "cool" kids had were these little crayon-melt things.  Basically it looked like a bunch of crayons melted together, so when you colored with it it produced a rainbow effect.  I have no idea where the kids got these, but I just remember that I wanted one.  Badly.

I attempted trading for them, but no one was willing to trade (give up their claim to coolness?  I don't think so).  

One day a girl I was friends with told me that if I beat her in a race she'd give me one of her crayon-melt things.  

Actually it might have been me who suggested racing in the first place, I can't remember.  I just know that I thought it was a great idea, because even though I can't bring myself to run anywhere now, I was the fastest runner in my class once upon a time.  After all, I won the race on field day, even against the boys!  So we lined up at the edge of the basketball court and determined that whoever made it to the end first would win the crayon.

(This really wasn't fair in retrospect, because it was her crayon in the first place and I don't think we agreed upon a prize for her if she won . . . but hey, I was 7, we didn't think the whole thing through . . .)

Someone said "go" and I ran as fast as I could.  I flew to the other end of the basketball court, I'm sure in record-breaking time.  Once I reached the finish line I slowed myself down and turned around .  . . just in time to see my friend running back the other way.  

I jogged over to see what she was doing (and to claim my prize).  But apparently the rules changed somewhere, and we were really supposed to run to the middle of the court and then back.  And she obviously beat me back.

I never did get my crayon melt.

All this to say, I was in Target the other day, and I spotted these:

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What?  Could those be crayon melts?

My inner grade-school child got all excited, and I had to have them!  

So there they are, sitting on my kitchen table.  Though I'm a little old now to carry them around in my purse and pull them out when I need to prove to everyone how cool I am.

But Wyatt, on the other hand, is not!  

 

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(His facial expressions crack me up!)

 

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(It took a little smooth-talking to convince him they weren't candy . . . but then we had fun playing with them.)

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Even though my crayon-melt wish was never granted me, my son will not be deprived!  

It gives me a little satisfaction, somehow.

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15 comments

  1. This post made me laugh. I forgot about pogs. I never knew what they did either, but I had some at one point. I'm glad you finally got your crayon melts and could share them with your little Wyatt.

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  2. Too funny. I totally remember those things! And do you remember the pens w/ all the different colors where you would push the little tab thing and that ink color would come down - not the ones w/ just 4 colors but like 10 or 15 colors - loved those!!

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  3. my brother and I actually played with our pogs! I don't remember exactly, but you had to have a thick metal one that you used to flip the other ones. And there was something about how many would land face up. But I never heard of crayon melts!

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  4. Wow, I don't remember ever seeing those! Either they were no longer a thing by the time I was your age (and I don't think you're much older than I am) or they just weren't big in Indiana! They look like fun though.

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  5. Ok, so I want one of those. It looks like tons of fun!

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  6. Oh, pogs! I loved collecting those things (although I don't know what they were for either!). Those crayon melts look like fun!

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  7. He DOES have the funniest expressions!! You know I don't remember pogs at all!! But the ones you found for Wyatt at Target look super cool! :-)

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  8. Hehe... those are the coolest crayons I've ever seen! Wyatt is looking so grown up - it's amazing how he's changing (I can see a lot of Derek in him!).

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  9. Stopping over from Veronica's today. Oh my gosh, you have a beautiful blog and a beautiful family!

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  10. I love making those! I've made a tone for my class room and the kids love them!

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  11. I remember having that fad but they were in the form of pencils!

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  12. how cool! those are perfect size for chubby little toddler hands too! I'm gonna have to get some for my son, can't have him being behind on such cool-ness! lol

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  13. What? You used to be able to buy crayon melts? I had no clue. I had lots of them, but they were homemade, and it was definitely not something the cool kids had! Haha, that is too funny. They are really easy to make. You just take the paper off of a couple of crayons and break them in half or quarters, then put them in a glass custard cup. Place the custard cup behind the back seat of a 1977 Honda Accord hatchback and let it sit in the sun for a couple of hours. Yeah it doesn't get too hot very often around here, so putting it in the car in the sunlight was how we got them warm enough. Anyway I am sure there are many different ways to do it, but that is how we made them! ;) I had forgotten about those though!

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  14. Ha! That's so cute. I remember those too...my sister was really into them, and had one. I think it was heart-shaped to make it even cooler! haha. Wyatt's facial expressions are adorable.

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  15. Lol, what a cute story. I had one of those crayon melts as a kid... And also pogs. I guess I was cool???

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