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National Crayon Day

National Crayon Day

About National Crayon Day

When is National Crayon Day? This holiday is always observed on March 31

Today is a colorful day, one truly worth celebrating. Today we celebrate National Crayon Day. This March 31 holiday celebrates the creation of crayons and the joy of coloring. While we generally associate drawing with crayons as a childhood activity, there are adult coloring books so everyone can draw fabulous works of refrigerator art.

The origin of crayons dates back to the 17th century. In those days, the original crayons were not made of wax. The colors in those early days were more limited, and not as long-lasting or durable. Wax crayons arrived at the beginning of the 1900s.

In 1902, the Crayola brand arrived on the scene and the world of crayons has never been the same since. Between 1902 and today, Crayola has come out with 120 colors. This day can be a little bittersweet, as Crayola has retired 50 colors, most often on this very day.

Crayon Trivia

  • Crayons were originally called “Coloring Sticks”.
  • There are over 200 different colors. Some are retired. Crayola makes over 3 billion crayons a year. 
  • Other manufacturers combined are just a small fraction of Crayola’s total annual production.
  • The world’s largest crayon was made by Crayola. It was 15’6″ and weighed 1,352 pounds.
  • The smell of crayons is the most recognizable scent for adults.
  • The first boxes of crayons were sold door to door.
  • Over the years, Crayola has made over 237 billion crayons.

How to Celebrate National Crayon Day

Do you know what to do to celebrate National Crayon Day? You guessed it.

  • Get out the coloring book and crayons and show off your artistic skills.
  • Teachers, you know what to do in art class today.
  • Give a coloring book and crayons to a child.
  • Adults, don’t be left out. Get your adult coloring book out and get to work creating a work of art.

Today's Laugher

“According to the Washington Post, the NSA is monitoring the phones and emails of people in Mexico. Apparently, it’s not enough to spy on Americans. They have to spy on FUTURE Americans as well.” – – Jay Leno

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We certainly know all about crayons and their history. And, we’ve all used them in our childhood, so we are very familiar with them. However, we know little about the creation of this colorful day. We have not yet found the creator of this holiday. 

We found no documentation in congressional records to confirm that this is a true national day. Nor, did we find a presidential proclamation.

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