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I Love Crayola Crayons

Updated on April 6, 2013

Crayola Crayons Trivia and Toys

I used to love coloring when I was a kid, and now that I'm a parent, I get to enjoy those wonderful Crayola crayons all over again. And now they have even more colors! When I was little, the big box of 64 crayons was the ultimate, but today's kids get to enjoy 120 colors, as well as a variety of Crayola brand toys.

Crayola Crayon Trivia

History and trivia about America's favorite crayons

- Binney & Smith, the company that invented Crayola crayongs started as a color company that used to make carbon black for car tires, among other products

- The first box of eight Crayola crayons were introduced in 1903 and sold for one nickel

- The name Crayola was coined by a wife of one of the company owners and comes from "craie," the French word for chalk, and "ola," from "oleaginous" or "oily"

- The Crayola 64 box with the built-in sharpener debuted in 1958

- More than 120 billion Crayola crayons have been sold around the world

- Only three Crayola color names have ever been changed: Prussian blue was renamed midnight blue, flesh was renamed peach and Indian red was renamed chestnut

- A Yale University study found that the smell of Crayola crayons is one of the 20 most recognizable scents to American adults

120 Crayon Colors - When I was a kid, we only had 64

When I was little, the big box of 64 crayons with the built-in sharpener was THE cool crayon box. But everything is bigger and better now. My kids now can enjoy nearly twice as many colors.

Crayola 120ct Original Crayons
Crayola 120ct Original Crayons

Burnt sienna, olive green, thistle - the nostalgic favorites are all here, along with new options like "tickle me pink" and "laser lemon." Three boxes of crayons are ready to open up and dump willy-nilly on the pages of a coloring book.

 

Crayola Crayon Maker - Make your own crayons!

If 120 colors isn't enough for you, Crayola now makes this very cool crayon maker that both parents and kids can love. Parents will love it because it means all those broken crayons that used to get tossed in the garbage bin can now be salvaged and reused, and kids will love it because they can create their very own crayons.

Crayola Crayon Maker
Crayola Crayon Maker

The Crayola Crayon Maker lets you be the mad scientist of color, turning your crayon pieces into new color-swirled creations. By melting down different crayons in the Crayon Maker, kids get to make completely original crayons with mixed color combinations. Creating their own drawing utensils becomes a new step in the artistic process. Recommended for ages eight and up, the Crayon Maker lets kids get even more creative and more invested in their own masterpieces!

 

The Crayon Box That Talked - A wonderful book about diversity

If all those different colors in a crayon box can get along, shouldn't we be able to do the same?

This book began as a simple poem celebrating harmony through diversity. Then the Ad Council liked it so much it became the theme for the folks at the 1997 National Anti-Discrimination Campaign for Children. It was then picked up and published as a children's book by Random House. The message of the story is quite simple and well-presented for children - when we work together, the results are more interesting and colorful.

How Crayons Are Made

I love watching this video. It shows how crayons are made and shows them coming off the assembly line. It's a lot of fun and makes me want to visit the real factory!

Crayola Toys and Crayons - Crayola isn't just for crayons anymore

Crayola no longer just makes crayons. Nowadays they offer all kinds of toys for kids. Here are just a few.

Crayola Glow Dome - One of the top toys for Christmas

The Crayola Glow Dome is currently on Amazon's list of bestselling toys for Christmas 2009.

Crayola Glow Dome
Crayola Glow Dome

With various light and rotation settings, the Crayola Color Explosion Glow Dome brings drawings to life with the illusion of animation. A fun, new interactive way to draw, the clear Glow Dome and inside panel become see-through canvases for creating imaginative scene. Using colored glow markers, the dome lights up drawings when turned on. Designed for children ages six and up, this award-winning toy is fun for one, two, or even three friends to play with at a time.

 

Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush - Another hot toy for Christmas

Here's another Crayola toy on Amazon's bestseller list.

Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush
Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush

Turn the invisible into visionary works of art with the Crayola Mess-Free Color Wonder Magic Light Brush. Similar to classic activities with invisible ink, this toy comes with clear paints that only appear when applied to Color Wonder Paper. Making it fun to paint, even in the dark, the special light-up brush magically glows the color of the paint being used. Designed for children ages five and up, the Wonder Magic Light Brush is a fun and magical introduction -- or reintroduction -- to art for young girls and boys.

 

Harold and the Purple Crayon - A great book for kids

This is a classic tale about a little crayon lover.

Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books)
Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books)

From Amazon: "One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight." So begins this gentle story that shows just how far your imagination can take you. Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of beauty and excitement. But this is no hare-brained, impulsive flight of fantasy. Cherubic, round-headed Harold conducts his adventure with the utmost prudence, letting his imagination run free, but keeping his wits about him all the while. He takes the necessary purple-crayon precautions: drawing landmarks to ensure he won't get lost; sketching a boat when he finds himself in deep water; and creating a purple pie picnic when he feels the first pangs of hunger.

 

Still Play With Crayons? - Don't worry - we won't tell!

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      Yes, I still play with crayons. My favorite are the Crayola washable large crayons. I love the texture they make on paper. I use them when coloring with my 2 year old grand-daughter.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Unfortunately not! I wish I had the time!

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      bechand 7 years ago

      I heard that Oceanus and Tethys's kids all still need to get their school supplies - I will pass on your lens as it may help them out with the back to school shopping - THANKS !

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      DeboraR 7 years ago

      Great lens on Crayons! I still love the smell of them and reminds me of my school days. I am 48 yrs old and still love to color. I think its an 'ageless' activity that knows no limits.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love Crayola Crayons, too and am lensrolling this lens to my Who Is Roy G Biv lens

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      My husband once bought me some for my birthday before we had children! So I confess I like coloring.......

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      Nancy Oram 8 years ago

      I love crayons, too. (And I think you should have made the Giant 100 Club).