• Discussion Questions: What are crayons? What are they made of? What do we do with crayons? What are the primary crayon colors?
• Recycling Discussion: Where does garbage go? What is recycling? What do you recycle at home?
• Sorting: First, ask parents & staff to donate any of their used crayons. Then create boxes labeled with the colors listed below. Kids can sort crayons into the appropriate color box. Continue this all year long as you go through crayons in the classroom. Use the crayons to help introduce counting, addition and subtraction as visual aids for Common Core basics. ***Note: We sort colors into red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, black and “everything else”.
• Color Days: Give each day a color. Incorporate crayon drawings in that color scheme and then have kids put the used crayons in the appropriate box for that day.
• The Day the Crayons Quit: There are some really great picture books called The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home that would be excellent literature connections for the campaign and would appeal to the younger grades. For Common Core Standards relating to these books (k-5) please visit http://www.penguin.com/wp-content/ uploads/2015/07/CrayonsGuide-revised15-nocrops.pdf.
• Color Songs: Incorporate color songs into your curriculum if you have not yet done so. You can sing (or play) these songs while sorting the colors. Here are a few examples:
Download the pdf with all the information on the School Program Guide or continue with the following links: