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March 31st is Coloring Crayola Day
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
crayons! Let's get right into celebrating Coloring Crayola
WHY IS THIS A
Today is a holiday because Crayola has been making
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...
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.
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
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?
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.
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
day for you!