Despite the fact that the recent rainy weather we've been experiencing has made every day feel like National Crayon Day, the colorful truth is: today is the official calendar date. And in case you missed the big breaking news this morning, Crayola is marking the occasion by saying goodbye and retiring one of its famous yellow colors: Dandelion. (I know, I know, break out the tissues.)
Seriously though, we love our crayons around here. Drawing and coloring and playing with crayons is an everyday activity for my two toddlers. It helps them unwind and gives me some much-needed me-time. Heck, sometimes I even join them in a relaxing coloring sesh. (Whoever invented adult coloring books is a personal hero... Just add wine, and it's basically my ideal Friday night.)
To celebrate National Crayon Day, and entertain the kiddos--and yourself(!) during all the rainy days we're seeing in the upcoming forecast, I've rounded up a few fun ways to mark the occasion. You know, besides the ceremonial farewell to Dandelion.
1. Alex Toys Doodle Cake Crayons, $19/ 2. Crayola 15-inch 2-lb Mega Crayon, $25/ 3. NPW Neon Multi-Colored Rainbow Crayon, $5/ 4. Kid Made Modern Gem Crayons, $5 / 5. Kid Made Modern Crayon Caddy, $20 / 6. Eco-Crayons Sea Rocks, $11 / 7. Kid Made Modern Double-Pointed Crazy Crayons, $4 / 8. Munchkin Bath Crayons, $4 / 9. Alex Toys Farm Finger Crayons, $22
Get Some Awesome New Crayons: There's nothing like a fresh box of crayons. My dad always tells a silly story about how he wouldn't to go back to Kindergarten after the first day when his teacher insisted that he share his brand-new 64-count box with the other kids. He flat-out refused. And, funny fact, he really never did go back. He started first grade the next year and skipped Kindgertenhood all together... Ah, the good ole days.
The above curated options are not your typical crayons--from a mega-sized single hue to DIY doodle cupcake crayons to bathtub-friendly tools, these fun finds with inspire your child's inner artist.
Make Your Own Crayons... or Donate Them: Last year for Earth Day, my little guy and I up-cypcled a bunch of broken crayon pieces, and created our own multi-colored crayon patties. It was so easy and such a fun and educational afternoon activity for us to do together. Get the step-by-step how-to HERE.
If you don't want to make your own, you can consider donating old or broken crayons to The Crayon Initiative. They'll turn your old or used crayons into new ones, and donate them to schools, hospitals, art programs, and other do-good organizations.
Color Your Lips: Who says kids get to have all the crafty fun? Clinique and Crayola, two iconic brands have come together to create an 8-piece collection of Chubby Sticks for Lips, inspired by everyone’s favorite crayon! With hues that range from sheer pinks to the boldest of reds, these moisturizing lippies glide on softly and smoothly. P.S. They're limited-edition, so snatch 'em up ASAP!
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