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Mar 31, 2020

With Kids Home from School, Celebrate National Crayon Day

By Lori Draz

Everybody has at least one box of crayons, so break them out and celebrate National Crayon Day today. Don’t sit around being blue; be green, yellow, purple, orange or red!

Drawing and coloring has been shown to have healing and calming properties. All you need is a sheet of paper and your trusty crayons for hours of family fun! Draw a map to a hidden treasure. See who can draw the best family portrait. Who can use all the colors in the most creative way?

National Crayon Day started as the annual day the Crayola Company would retire an old color and introduce a new shade to take its place.

These sticks of colored wax have a long history. Mixing pigments with a stable base of wax bridges all cultures. For thousands of years, artists mixed pigments with charcoal and oil. The more sophisticated crayons used by fine artists called Conté crayons been used since the late 1790s.

One of the first literary references to crayons appeared in 1813 in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”

As beautiful as crayons are, many people are hooked on their scent. In fact, there was study done at Yale University which ranked the aroma of crayons 18 out of 80 recognizable scents to American adults. Much of the credit for that unmistakable scent is due to one of the wax mixtures components, stearic acid, a derivative of beef fat.

Back in 1903, the first boxes of Crayola Crayons began filling the shelves and sold at a nickel a box. While they may be a bit pricier today, they are still one of the best forms of entertainment.

Draw something today and share it with The Journal! And don’t forget to draw a happy picture to share with the seniors, a neighbor, and the hardworking men and women keeping us going these days.