Remember drawing with crayons when you were a kid? Well, on March 31, you can do it as an adult. March 31 is National Crayon Day. Pull out your favorite crayons and go to town—color to your heart’s content.
At least one day a year should make you feel like a kid again, and National Crayon Day is designed to do just that. Grab a coloring book and your box of 64 crayons with the built-in sharpener and have at it.
When is National Crayon Day?
National Crayon Day is Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Each year, the celebration falls on March 31.
Here are some frequently asked questions about National Crayon Day.
What is the history of crayons?
Although wax-based drawing implements had been around for years, crayons make it to the masses until the early 1900s. Two cousins, Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith, started a company that made pigments for paint and carbon black for making tires black.
Their company Binney and Smith expanded into manufacturing pencils and invented dustless chalk. Working alongside his wife Alice, a teacher, Binney developed colored wax crayons. These were less messy than paint and easy for children to use.
Binney & Smith Company is Formed
Joseph Binney and C. Harold Smith start company to sell carbon black.
First Wax Crayons are Sold
For five cents, you can buy 8 classic colors.
Gold Medal Winners
Binney & Smith win the Gold Medal at the 1904 St. Louis World Fair for another product. They apply the gold medal icon to all packaging including crayons.
Partnership with Milton Bradley
The two companies combine efforts to sell Crayola No. 77 assortment box.
A teacher workshop program offers in-school training on the various Crayola products.
All That Glitters
Crayola launches glitter crayons.
Three Billion Crayons produced Each Year
Crayola produces an average of 12 million crayons per day or about three billion in a year.
Alice is credited with coining the name Crayola. It is a combination of the French word crale, meaning chalk, and ola, a shortened version of the French word for oil. When combined with crayon, the translation was oily chalk pencil or Crayola Crayons. Sales began in 1903.
By 1905, Binney and Smith had a full catalog of crayons that included 18 different sized boxes. There were five different sizes of crayons, two of which survive today. In 1926 Binney and Smith purchased a rival company, Munsell Color Company, and got 22 new colors.
In 1939 the company introduced a box of 52 crayons and expanded in 1958 to 64 crayons. The 64-crayon box was popular because it also incorporated a built-in sharpener.
In1977, Binney, and Smith acquired the rights to Silly Putty and introduced markers in 1978. In 1984 the company was purchased by Hallmark Cards, and a line of colored pencils was added in 1987.
National Toy Hall of Fame Introduction
In 1998 Crayola Crayons were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. At this time, the company changed its name from Binney and Smith to the Crayola Company. Currently, there are 120 different colored crayons in the Crayola line.
Two years before their induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame, Binney and Smith created the Crayola Experience. The interactive attraction lets visitors make, wrap, and name their own crayons, learn how crayons are made and become part of their own coloring page.
There are Crayola Experience attractions located in Orlando, FL, Chandler, AZ, Plano, TX. And Easton, PA. There is even a Crayola Experience at The Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN.
How do I celebrate National Crayon Day?
Here are some ideas to celebrate National Crayon Day:
- Invite your friends over for a coloring party. Get some coloring books and boxes of crayons (you can get them at the $1.00 store). Pass out the books and crayons and color away.
- Play a game of Pictionary using crayons.
- You can order your own custom crayon set from Crayola. Pick out the colors you like and put custom images on the box. www.crayola.com
- Go to a restaurant and get a coloring placemat and box of crayons (especially the adults).
- Create and color a big sign that reads Happy National Crayon Day!
- Have a dinner party and give your guests their own coloring placemat (you can use a page from a coloring book) and a box of crayons.
- Invite your friends to a cocktail party that features drinks the color of crayons and hors d’oeuvres
- Melt down some old crayons and pour them into a cylinder mold with a wick to create a candle.
- Donate boxes of crayons to a school, church, daycare, or library.
- Use crayons to create party invites.
How are crayons made?
A colored powder is mixed with paraffin wax and melted together. This mixture is then poured onto a molding table, which molds 2400 crayons at a time. Then, each crayon is inspected by hand to eliminate any breaks, cracks, chips, or bubbles. Rejects can be remelted.
A machine wraps each crayon with a paper label and sorts them into different sized boxes. The largest box holds 120 crayons. Crayola produces almost 3 Billion crayons each year. Some of the more interesting colors include Vivid Tangerine, Macaroni and Cheese, Asparagus, Outer Space, Jazzberry Jam, and Manatee.
Making Crayons Video
Can you recycle crayons?
Crayons can be recycled. The paper wrappers are removed from the crayon. Then the crayons are melted and poured back into molds to create “new” crayons. There is an initiative to collect used crayons from schools and restaurants and repurpose them to donate to children’s hospitals.
Quotes on Crayons
- Life is like a box of crayons; most people are the 8-color boxes, but what you’re really looking for are the 64-color boxes with the built-in sharpener on the back. I fancy myself to be a 64-color box, though I’ve got a few missing.
- Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.
- My family could only afford to get me the box of eight Crayola crayons, but I craved the one with all 24 colors. I wanted magenta and turquoise and silver and gold.
- Leave me in a room with some crayons, and I’ll draw on the wall.
Sayings about Crayons
- If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone.
- I must have been very young, but I have a clear memory of drawing on a cream brick wall with wax crayons.
- Hand any four-year-old a fist full of crayons, and it is a very, very few who don’t get busy with them, drawing, coloring, scribbling. I have not stopped scribbling.
- It’s crazy how many nude lip crayons I own – I probably need to get rid of some.
- When my wife is sad, I let her color on my body.
I give her a shoulder to crayon.
- Where did the box of crayons go for vacation?
- Why do nurses like red crayons?
Sometimes they have to draw blood.
- Giving my kids crayons for Xmas was a bad idea.
The writing was on the wall.
Good Crayon Joke Meme
Crayon Captions for Instagram
- What’s your color?
- Coloring outside the box.
- Get your cray on.
- Keep calm and color.
- Color my world.
- Not the brightest crayon in the box.
- Hey, pass me the crayons.
- What size box of crayons do you have?
- I swallowed a crayon… I’m dyeing on the inside.
- Every book is a coloring book if you hate bookstores.
National Crayon Day Hashtags
Use these hashtags when you are posting pictures or sending tweets:
Date this year and in the future
Check out when the holiday falls for the next few years.
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– Tim Moodie
To this day, Tim loves to color. Give him a box of crayons and a coloring book, and he will stay busy for hours.
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