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The day the crayons quit

What you need

  • A set of crayons
  • White paper
  • Your listening ears


‘The day the crayons quit’ by Drew Daywalt promotes communication, creativity, emotions and teaches us about different perspectives. This book is a wonderful example to bring opinion writing to life for early writers.

The experience

Today, we’re going to be reading another wonderful book illustrated by Olive Jeffers.

Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in 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. The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do?

After listening to the story of the crayons why not create a drawing using the crayons that haven’t quit? You can also draw pictures of objects using very unusual colours (e.g. a blue strawberry, a green dog). How many different colours can you think of?