Friday, August 1, 2014

August Book of the Month: The Day the Crayons Quit!

The Day the Crayons Quit!
By Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Duncan loves to color, but one day his crayons quit on him!  Learn why in this colorful story about a box of unhappy crayons that voice their complaints by leaving letters.  Red feels overworked, specially on holidays like Christmas and Valentine's Day.  Tan is sad that Brown gets to color in all the bears and he just gets boring old wheat. Pink is feeling ignored and only used by his little sister to color in princesses.  Blue is flattered that he's his favorite color but is flat, stumpy and overworked!  My favorite is poor little Peach, who is too embarrassed to leave the box because he's, gulp, naked!  Find out how Duncan makes the crayons happy at last.  Kids will enjoy the funny text and colorful pictures.

There are hundreds of easy crayon crafts out there that you can do with your preschooler.  With back-to-school bringing an opportunity to purchase crayons at a bargain, this is your chance to try one of these.  Here are our top five:

1.) Homemade Hot Glue Crayon Rubbing 
This simple craft is easy to make and perfect for little hands to try.  Tutorial found here.

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2.) Canvas Crayon Melt Art 
This is all the craze on Pinterest and DIY Blogs.  I made one with my then five year old, a few years back, and it was a family night hit!  She picked out her own color combo and I helped her glue the crayons down. Then she melt the crayons with the blow dryer.  It took a little longer than expected to get the crayons to melt down but overall easy and fun project to do with an older Pre-K child.  Best part is that it doubles as colorful art for a child's bedroom or playroom and you really can't mess up.  Win, win!

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3.) Crayon Holder
Chickbug always comes up with creative ideas for birthday party decor but these would work great for crayon storage.  Now, who's making one?
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4.) Crayon Guy: 
We found this project on Mrs. Jump's Class Blog.  She provides a free template for the crayon and worksheet.    
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5.) Melted Crayon Paint
This idea is genius and let me tell you why:  Not only are you up-cycling old beat up crayons by melting them and turning them into paint, but the final painted result has texture and depth that kid-friendly paint can't give you.  Crayon art LOVE! Thanks Kids Activities Blog!
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