National Crayon Day
National Crayon Day is observed next on Sunday, March 31st, 2024 (188 days from today).
Have you ever had a childhood filled with curiosity about colorful paints? Surely all of us have gone through the time when students with crayons in their schoolbags to practice in art class. Colored pencils always bring about works of art. And it always make our life more fun and meaningful. That is the reason why National Crayon Day was created. National Crayon Day on March 31 every year. If you have passed your school age and haven’t worked in the arts for a long time, this day is your chance, as we celebrate one of America's most beloved toys, the color pencil, it can spark fond memories of childhood creations in full color. Crayons delight all of people, especially our senses not only with their vibrant colors but also with their distinctive smell. You can imagine the smell of crayons when we hold them in our hands, this feels seem like the baby smell, for some children, their waxy taste. With over 12 million crayons created daily, one thing is never out of reach. So get ready for some artistic expression and nostalgia by grab a box of 64 crayons, sharpener included.
History of National Crayon Day
Crayons have a colorful history. While crayon molds have existed for centuries, modern crayons began in the 1900s.
Binney & Smith introduced Crayola crayons in 1903 as a safer and cheaper alternative to the graphic arts in use at the time. A set of eight floating crayons in a range of colors: Black, Brown, Orange, Purple, Blue, Green, Red and yellow was launched by Binney & Smith. This Color Composite blend, along with their name, has remained unchanged for 45 years.
Since then, more colors have been added, colors and packaging have been changed, and color styles such as neon, metallic, and glitter have appeared. Some colors have even been removed from the rotation, the typical shape on March 31.
Crayola crayons have a defining characteristic in the hearts of Americans and Americana. In November 1999 Crayola crayon was known as one of the original inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame. It is estimated that by American 10th birthday the average them will use 730 crayons. Even Fred Rogers, people said that in February 1996 at the Crayola factory in Easton he got his hands on crayon history when he molded his 100th official crayon.
Our lives not only are added color by Crayons, but crayons are seen as an analogy for the color diversity of human species and our ability to live together in a diverse world. Robert Fulghum, the American author, once said that we can learn a lot from pens because they all learn to live in the same box although some are pretty, some are dull, some are colorful, while others are bright, some have weird names. When we see that this actual and see into the crayon box, we can change the way we see things around us by looking more positive.
How to observe National Crayon Day
Coloring isn't just for kids. The adult coloring craze exploded in 2015 and is staying steady. Coloring is for everyone, it doesn't require much artistic ability and everyone can also have a crayons box thanks for the compactness. All of us know that a few crayons and coloring pages are inexpensive and easy to transport. That coupled with the calming effect colors seem to have on adults, may be a trend here that both young and old can enjoy. Colored pencils bring out the crafty side of us so we have a day dedicated to this artistic tool to let our creativity flow. Check out many art websites for a quick search of simple craft ideas for you and your family and friends.
So, what are you waiting for, don't buy a set of crayons for yourself and the kids and elders in the house to unleash your creativity? The customizable crayon boxes are offered by Crayola so you can choose the box graphics, personalize the name, and all the colors to include in your special box. It's a great gift idea for kids or adults who have it all!
If you're up for a road trip, you can visit one of the five Crayola Experience locations - Orlando, Florida; Chandler, Arizona; Plano, Texas; Minneapolis, Minnesota or Easton, Pennsylvania - where you can make crayon molds, especially create a masterpiece and even name and wrap your own crayons.
Besides, you can create more interesting things from crayons, such as making a colorful candle.
Since crayons can melt, make a colorful candle using a few old crayons, small paper cups, candle wicks, pieces of wax, Popsicle sticks, and candle molds. Put a small piece of crayon in the wax pieces in a paper cup, microwave it for 45 seconds. Stir the melted wax with an ice cream stick and pour it into the candle mold, placing the wick in the center. Allow to set for 30 minutes and then repeat if you want to add additional layers.
Either way, share your crayon drawings or share your colorful and shaped candles on social media with the hashtag #NationalCrayonDay.
ObservedNational Crayon Day has been observed annually on March 31st.
Thursday, March 31st, 2022
Friday, March 31st, 2023
Sunday, March 31st, 2024
Monday, March 31st, 2025
Tuesday, March 31st, 2026