Have y’all heard that Crayola is retiring a crayon from their box of 24 crayons? When I heard this news, I thought that this problem would be a great way to start a PBL lesson/day in our kindergarten classroom.
In order to “set the stage,” When my students came in Friday morning, there was a problem on the board.
We read the book, “The Day The Crayons Quit” and began a brief discussion about which color they would pick if they were in charge at Crayola. My young learners were very inspired by this challenge and got right to work looking through their crayon boxes to decide which crayon just wasn’t going to make the cut any longer. They then took out their journals and wrote an opinion piece about which crayon they would choose.
After we journaled about our choices, I showed my students that Crayola had selected to retire dandelion. They weren’t too happy with Crayola’s decision but quickly regained their enthusiasm as we took a brief tour of the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA.
While watching my students were enthralled. They realllly want to go on a field trip there but it’s a bit too far away from Austin, TX. 😉 I had a few students say they were going to ask their parents if they could go there during the summer!
Then, we watched how crayons are made!
They LOVED this and wanted to become crayonologists for the day! Therefore, I presented my students with the task of coming up with the new crayon color that was going to replace dandelion! We suited up in our paint smocks and got right to work mixing colors.
This activity was a great way to review warm and cool colors and how to get just the right shade.
They discovered how to use white to make their color lighter.
And were overjoyed to get the “perfect color.”
I heard a lot of “this is SO fun” during this activity!
After my crayonologists reached their perfect color, they added it to our crayon color poster!
They sure did come up with some beautiful colors, don’t you agree? We tweeted Crayola our ideas and hopefully they will respond! My kindergarteners would be over-the-moon-excited to hear from them!