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A Box of Crayons - A Lesson For Back to School and Being Different

Updated on August 14, 2010

It’s back to school time and most are searching for the perfect backpack and all the goodies that go with it.

For some this is an exciting time, they can’t wait to go shopping and then back to school. But for others this can be a time of dread. Oh sure, the shopping may be fun but it is over shadowed by the thought of returning back to school.

While shopping for school supplies many will pick up an item that can be very useful in teaching kids that we are all different in our own ways, because when it comes down to it, many kids do not look forward to school because they do not feel that they fit in; they feel different.

So when shopping be sure to include a box of crayons; the brand does not matter. Once you have your new box of crayons take a few of the new ones out and replace with old crayons of varies length and sharpness. Gather your family together and show them the box of crayons. Point out things about the crayons that are different: some are new, some are old, there are sharp ones and some not so sharp and point out that they are all different in color. At this point take the time to talk about the differences.

After you have talked about the differences explain how all though they are different in many ways they all come together and fit into the same box; now compare the box of crayons to their school. All the kids (teachers too) that make up their school are different. Just like the box of crayons, they are different in size, shape, color and age.

After having this discussion your kids will most likely still be bummed about starting back to school but when a bad day comes their way and they are feeling different perhaps they will think about the box of crayons. Hopefully they will smile and remind themselves that it is OK to be different. Just like a box of crayons with it’s many colors; it’s the differences that make us unique and beautiful.


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      3 years ago

      Holy coinsce data batman. Lol!

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      Scribe For Hire 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for sharing!

      This is great, not just for kids, but for adults, too! The crayon analogy is perfect!

      We are all unique creatures -- unlike cookies, we do not come from one cutter and it's so important to be reminded of that. Kids especially need to learn that you can still be yourself and be part of a group.


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