It’s a bright new day. Made brighter and more colorful by today’s celebration, National Crayon Day. It may sound silly to be celebrating something so simple, but crayons have a colorful past. This lovely artistic device has been around for centuries. The beloved coloring device as we know it got its start in the 1900s.
Binney and Smith
In 1903 Binney and Smith introduced the Crayola crayon pack. A standard eight-pack included: Black, Brown, Orange, Violet, Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow. This remained the same for forty-five years. Since then, several new colors expand the collection, including scented, glittery, metallic, neon and so much more.
With such a long history, it’s no doubt that the crayon has a special place in our hearts and lives, not just with children but adults as well. Generations upon generations have grown up learning how to exercise their artistry with the beautiful array of colors. The bright wax has the power to delight and entrance most of our senses.
So Many Crayons
It is hard to believe that there are 12 million crayons made every day! It’s estimated that the average person will have used 730 crayons by their tenth birthday. A fun fact, Fred Rogers from the Mister Roger’s Neighborhood program, helped mold the official 100 billionth crayon in February 1996.
Embrace The Diversity
These colorful devices not only add a flash of brilliance to our lives, but they hold an analogy for all colors of our skin. They remind us to embrace our colorful life and the people around us. They remind us that we live in a diverse world and that crayons and people alike are different on every level.
Some are sharp, bright, dull, but they all exist in the same box, and as time goes on and more colors are added, the box gets larger… allows room for more crayons of new colors and types. They still all exist together.
It’s a beautiful statement for humanity. So, on today’s National Crayon Day, we encourage you to embrace the diversity and also join us for some free events listed below for you and your family to enjoy.
You can register here for a free box of crayons, and then make sure to stop by the Crayola experience to redeem your voucher.
Fun things to do at home with the family on Crayola Day:
National Crayon Day coloring pages, apps, and fun activities.