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March 31st is Coloring Crayola Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then get ready to get colorful because it's Coloring Crayola Day!  That's right, break out your crayons!  Let's get right into celebrating Coloring Crayola Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Today is a holiday because Crayola has been making products for years that we've all used in our younger years at some point, and maybe even still use! They are best known for their crayons and if you can honestly say you've never touched a Crayola crayon before then I feel sorry for you. But let's dive into the history of Crayola...  The company actually got its start as Binney & Smith in 1885 in New York City. It was named after the two founders, who were cousins; Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith. And they actually started out making pigments to color industrial products. After many experiments with slate, cement and talc, Binney created the first dustless white chalk, which won a gold medal at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

But if we backtrack a little to 1902, you'll find the creation of their first marking crayon. And in 1903, Binney and his wife Alice created the first set of wax crayons which sold under the name Crayola. Alice came up with the name because craie is the French word for chalk and ola means oily. In my mind, that would be a better name for an oil pastel but we'll go with it ;).  Now you could easily get a box of 100+ different colored crayons with a sharpener on the back, markers, chalk, colored pencils and even paint! So you can see why it's so hard to believe that Crayola products haven't popped up in your life at some point. I mean, even I have a box of 96 Crayola crayons sitting next to my desk collecting dust.  Ready to get colorful?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, if you have some kind of Crayola product laying around then dust them off and put them to good use today. And if you have kids then they should definitely take part in the celebration too. You could color in coloring books with crayons, draw freehand with crayons, markers or colored pencils, color on sidewalks or pavement with chalk, color on clothing with washable fabric markers or create some interesting paintings. There are so many different ways for you to break out your creativity today.  Heck, you could even melt down the crayon shavings from your sharpener into some colorful wax creation.

And if you don't have any Crayola products on hand then you can head to the store and see what new stuff they've come up with. Try to find some crayon boxes with some really unique colors in them or some random new product that you didn't even know Crayola made. Stock up on your art supplies and then go home and create something that anyone would be proud to hang on their fridge.  Regardless of what you decide to do today, I hope it's a colorful day for you!





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