These days, candles are usually reserved for fancy dinners and blackouts. But in colonial times, candles served as the only source of light after dark! In the American colonies, children would make candles to help their families by collecting and melting wax from bee hives. Candle molds were an expensive luxury that many people couldn't afford, so most families created cheaper "dipped" candles. This was an important chore for a colonial child, as it filled the home with light at night. This candle making activity is fun, and it also helps teach kids about colonial history.