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Crayons Are Not Just For Coloring!
Last week we spoke about coloring for children young and old.  It is a relaxing way to spend some time with your children or without. 
Coloring with crayons on the floor, with a paper taped to a wall, or flat on the table are all great ways to work on fine motor control.  When breaking the crayon or using small crayons, such as crayon rocks, you will promote a mature tripod grasp. 
When you are done with the crayons here are some fun activities you can do with them. 
Melted Crayon Art: Take your crayon with the paper off and hold it over a piece of paper.  With a hair dryer, melt the crayon onto the paper. 
More Crayon Art: Glue your crayons on a large canvas or piece of cardboard.  You can keep the wrapper on or peel it off.  After the crayons are glued to canvas, hold a hair dryer over the tip of the crayon. 
Crayon Pick up Sticks: Pile up the crayons and play pick up sticks!  Can you get the purple crayon on the bottom?  The green crayon under the red?  Use spatial directions and colors in directions as you play. 
Toy Truck and Car Art: Take a crayon or two and tape it to the back of the toy car or truck.  Place the car on a piece of paper, Make sure the crayon touches the paper and start driving.  What can you create?

Crayon Melt Art
If pick up sticks doesn't work- just glue them together and make a crayon sculpture. 

Did You Know:
  • The first box of Crayola crayons was made in 1903. It sold for a nickel and included the same basic eight colors available today: red, blue, yellow, green, violet, orange, black, and brown.
  • 40 new colors were then added in 1949 - 46 years later!
  • Binney and Smith, (maker of Crayola products), started in the late 1800s making the red pigment used in paint for American barns and carbon black that Goodrich later added to tires to change the natural white of the rubber to black.
  • Alice Binney gave Crayola its name. Combining the words craie (French for chalk) with the first part of the word oleaginous (the oily paraffin wax) to make the word ‘crayola.
  • March 31st is National Crayon Day.
  • In 1958 the "Big Box of Crayons" had 64 crayons and now a sharpener!