It’s National Crayon Day and that means taking time out to color! From coloring books to special projects, crayons make our lives more fun.
History of Crayons
The first crayons were actually created in the early 1900s by a pair of cousins, Edwin Binney and Harold Smith. The non-toxic wax crayons were named Crayola by Binney’s wife. First sold for a nickel, the initial boxes contained only eight colors. That seems like child’s play compared to what we have available today! Don’t consider me the expert on this by any means. What I’ve learned is by and large thanks to internet searching. Here’s the best source I’ve found that’s not actually a Crayola site – History of Crayons.
Sure, you can color with them anytime you want, but there are SO many more options available! What do you do with the nubs and broken bits? Or, maybe you just want to get a little creative? Here are some awesome options we’ve found (and even tried).
Kaleid-a-crayon – you no longer have to chuck the broken bits of crayon! Collect all of your bits and pieces of crayon and put them together (sans the paper wrapping) to create larger, multi-color pieces. We call these Kaleid-a-crayons but they’re not new by any means. Here’s a fun YouTube video (by Sisters Make Stuff) that breaks down the process.
Melted Crayon Art – have you seen these? Some people got really into creating art with melted crayons but we kept ours VERY simple. All you need is a glue gun (with glue sticks), a set of crayons in the colors you want to use, a heat source (a blow dryer works just fine), and a canvas. Glue the crayons to the canvas in the order you want them, prop it upright, and heat until the wax melts down the canvas to desired level. Here’s a variation of one we did not so long ago – Melted Crayon Art by Karmic Chaos.