Every Day is a Great Day to Celebrate Crayola Crayons!
Happy Crayola Crayon Day, Everyone!!
We should celebrate the creativity, escape, vividness, and mood-altering ability that crayons can bring to our lives. As a teacher of primary aged students, I enjoy all things glittery, sparkly, colorful, and paint, marker, pencil-related. Crayola Crayons (especially with all of the varieties that they have now) make me all giddy inside!! You can often spy me checking the crayon aisle for new arrivals. March 31, 2016 was a very special day! If you keep up with any of the fun “Day of the Week”/”National Day” calendar sites, then you might have heard all about National Crayola Crayon Day. I know! This rocks!! Who doesn’t love Crayola Crayons?! Just the smell of crayons can take you back to some amazing childhood memories. Most of us grew up with the excitement of a new box of crayons just bubbling over within us. I thought that my mom was the best mom in the world the day that she brought home crayons with the built-in pencil sharpener on the back of the box. My students and I celebrated the day by reading two of my ABSOLUTE favorite books. If you haven’t read The Day the Crayons Quit or The Day the Crayons Came Home, please run to your nearest library, Media Center, or bookstore and purchase these books for your students.
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We read The Day the Crayons Quit at the beginning of the school year. I purchased The Day the Crayons Came Home during the Fall Book Fair. I almost fell over when I saw that book staring back at me from the shelf. Hardcover only! Full price? It didn’t matter. I wanted needed this book for my personal library. My kids pleaded with me to read them this latest crayon-themed adventure. I’m not sure why, but at that time, I didn’t share it with them. I tucked it away in my drawer.
Roll it forward to the week of March 31st. As soon as the announcement was made, I ran to the drawer to pull it out for this special celebration. I have to tell you, it couldn’t have been more perfect! My kids had a blast using all of the new crayons that I had never pulled out before. I had Neon Crayola Crayons, Shades of Grey, Shades of Brown, the (gasp!!) box of 64 Crayola Crayons.
I have some amazing artists! The right tools and a lot of freedom can really ignite something amazing from deep within. Look at what they were inspired to do:
You’ll have to read the book to get the gist of this picture. You will laugh out loud!
Wow! This was one of my favorites. She was fully engaged in her picture.
I love the dialogue! LOL
Inspired by the “Shades of Brown” crayons.
I hope that your students will love these books just as much as we did! A box of crayons and a large piece of white paper is all that you need for a great day of creativity.
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