Each year, on March 31st children and adults alike, pick up their favorite colors for National Crayon Day. Opening up a box of crayons opens up a world of imagination and hours of fun.
Wax and chalk-based crayons have been used by artists around the world for centuries. Edwin Binney created the brightly colored crayons we are familiar with today. He was part owner of Binney & Smith, a company that produced products such as paint, pigments, and slate pencils for schools.
In 1903, Binney & Smith created the Crayola Division and produced colored wax crayons for children for the first time. Then in 1904, they presented their An-Du-Septic chalk at the Colombian Exposition in St. Louis winning a gold medal. The chalk was designed to be dustless at many teachers’ requests and was an immediate success.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL CRAYON DAY
- Get out your crayons and color away! We’ve provided three color pages for all age levels for you to download and print. We would love to see your final creations!
- Post them to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages, and we’ll definitely respond.
- Celebrate Every Day (Easy)
- National Crayon Day (Medium)
- Yin and Yang (Hard)
- Gather your crayons and create some original art.
- Show off your crayon collections!
- Share your favorite colors.
- Visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for more coloring projects.
- Use #NationalCrayonDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL CRAYON DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the founder of this colorful and fun holiday. In the meantime, we’ll keep finding more ways to #CelebrateEveryDay!
Q. Are crayons only used for coloring?
A. No. In fact, crayons (especially broken and short crayons) can be used in a variety of art projects. They are melted, glued, molded, and shredded for all sorts of artwork.
Q. Where is the world’s largest crayon?
A. According to Guinness World Records, Ashrita Furman of Jamaica, New York created the world’s largest crayon in October of 2017. The crayon measured 17 feet 1.1 inches (5.21 meters) long and was 1 foot 5.7 inches (.45 meters) in diameter. Furman created the crayon in honor of Sri Chinmoy’s 86th birthday. What color was the crayon? Blue!