Break out your crayon boxes and let’s get coloring in honor of National Crayon Day! We’ve created a free printable coloring page to get your inner artist started.
Did you know that on March 31, 1903 Binney & Smith, Inc first started selling Crayola Crayons for just a nickel? The original box of crayons contained red, orange, yellow, green, blue violet, brown, and black. Today, there are 120 different shades of colors available. Animal-related shades include Beaver (brown), Manatee (gray), and Piggy Pink.
National Crayon Day: Fun Facts
More fun facts courtesy of Crayola:
A Yale University study once found that the aroma of Crayola crayons is one of the most recognizable scents for adults. It ranked 18th just ahead of coffee and peanut butter.
The largest crayon in the world, Big Blue, weighs 1500 pounds, is 15 feet long and 16 inches in diameter. It was made from 123,000 old blue crayons that were gathered from kids around the country. It would color an entire football field.
Crayola’s Easton manufacturing plant produces 650 crayons per minute.
The most popular color is blue, which includes cerulean, midnight blue, aquamarine, periwinkle, denim, and blizzard blue.
The average child wears down 720 crayons by their 10th birthday.
Pets and Crayons
Just like humans, many pets find the aroma of crayons irresistible and may get their paws on them from time to time. Most crayons are non-toxic (check the box) and will only cause a colorful surprise for the pet owner.
However, the wax could cause an intestinal blockage or constipation, so make sure you watch him/her for regular bowel movements. If you pet does ingest crayons, we recommend contacting your veterinarian.