Celebrate the Launch of THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME HOME With These Fun Crayon-Inspired Activities!

Were you around last year when the crayons quit? They all aired their grievances across the country and had kids writing about why they were loved. In the end, they banded together and decided not to give up!

Today marks the launch of THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME HOME by Drew Daywalt with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers!

While the first book by the duo, THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, was charming and unique and brought attention to embracing our differences in a fun, witty way, the new book explores the theme even further. The first book focused on the most popular crayons, but the new one takes a look at the crayons that aren't used as frequently. The crayons that are neglected and abused. Duncan has a special home for them, too, though, and he's determined to make sure that no crayon from his box is unloved!

These books have such a positive, inspiring message and teach kids fundamental messages about life and love in a humorous, engaging way. Kids will want to read these books over and over, as well as look at their own crayons in a new way.

To celebrate the release of THE DAY THE CRAYONS COME HOME, give some love to your neglected crayons today.

...or broken crayons that you can easily melt!

©Ryan Slack

We all have them. Those broken bits of crayon at the bottom of the box, or the crayons that have melted outside in the sweltering heat. A couple of weeks ago, I was at a family outing at a campground and there were melted crayons all over the sidewalk on the way up to the pavilion.

If you don't have kids or know any little ones, you'd be amazed how many small children want to play with the melty mess. I don't know if they feel bad for the crayons or just think it's pretty!

It's really easy to take discarded bits and bobbles and turn them into something beautiful, though. There are some many amazing, artistic things you could do by melting down crayons and turning them into lasting works of art. All you have to do is browse Pinterest for a while to be overwhelmed with the possiblities!

For example....

A work of art that will decorate any table and be a conversation starter!

Keeping the crayons that inspired the art? Genius!

This one is so gorgeous and just blows me away.
I'd never have thought it was made from melted crayons!

Another gorgeous work of art that's hard to believe came from melted crayons!

Possibly my favorite work of art because of all the gorgeous texture
and just how much control the artist had over the medium being used!


Have some crayons that are too pretty to use, or ones that are rarely touched and in perfect shape?

Never fear! You can still give those crayons some love by creating some awesome artwork.

For example, how about a picture frame?

Blogger Parenting in My Pajamas put together an awesome post with a How-To on how to make these creative frames to give away as gifts! It's both meaningful and lasting!

Lisa at Well, How Nice had a different spin on framable crayon art, and offers a tutorial on how to make a monogram that you can give a teacher as a fun gift! This one is great because you also use those poor, broken crayons we were talking about earlier!

Make a New Medium Out of Crayons!

Kids like Play-Doh. Kids like Floam, too. How about combining the two into one with this awesome tutorial from Sugar Aunts?

Of course, the Sugar Aunts also have a way to make regular crayon Play-Doh, too, and skip the Floam aspect:

Crayons aren't just for kids, either!

Unless you've been living under a rock this summer, you know that Coloring Books for Adults are all the rage right now. Everyone has a different preferred medium, too. Some people love markers, others exclusively use their beloved crayons. I've always been a Prisma-Color Colored Pencil Girl myself, because I love the way they blend. But at the same time, I remember getting SO EXCITED as a kid when Crayola would release a new box of crayons with fun new names. Sometimes I would use the crayons just because their names were so cool! If I were to jump on this coloring book bandwagon, I might just bypass the Prisma-Colors in my desk drawer for a new pack of cleverly named crayons!

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What are your favorite ways to re-use crayons and make them feel loved again???

O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Author: Drew Daywalt
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Philomel  // Penguin

The companion to the #1 blockbuster bestseller, The Day the Crayons Quit! 

I'm not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colorful bunch of characters! Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan's stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together; to Pea Green, who knows darn well that no kid likes peas and who ran away—each and every crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box. 

Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers have combined to create a companion book every bit as funny and kid-friendly as the #1 bestselling The Day the Crayons Quit

Praise for The Day the Crayons Quit 

The #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon — over 80 weeks on the bestseller list! 

Winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award 

Amazon’s 2013 Best Picture Book of the Year 

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2013 Goodreads’ 2013 Best Picture Book of the Year  

* “Hilarious . . . Move over, Click, Clack, Moo; we’ve got a new contender for the most successful picture-book strike.” –BCCB, starred review 

“Jeffers . . . elevates crayon drawing to remarkable heights.” –Booklist 

“Fresh and funny.” –The Wall Street Journal 

"This book will have children asking to have it read again and again.” –Library Media Connection 

* “This colorful title should make for an uproarious storytime.” –School Library Journal, starred review 

* “These memorable personalities will leave readers glancing apprehensively at their own crayon boxes.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review 

“Utterly original.” –San Francisco Chronicle
O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Author: Drew Daywalt
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Release Date: June 27, 2015
Publisher: Philomel  // Penguin

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! 

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. 

What is Duncan to do? Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colorful solution in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.