Friday, July 22, 2011

KIds Do Crazy Things with Crayons

As a kindergarten teacher, I witnessed children using crayons in the following ways:

  1. Tear paper off crayons
  2. Stick pencil into crayons breaking pencil tip
  3. Glue crayons together
  4. Break crayons by pressing them down on desk
  5. Chew on crayons
  6. Stick crayons up nose and into ears
  7. Cut crayons with scissors
  8. Color desk with crayons and try to erase with pencil eraser before the teacher notices
  9. Carefully place crayons in rows sometimes sorting by size or color
  10. Run hands over and over crayons for sensory-motor integration
  11. And finally the ultimate goal is reached: Print their name! 
Shaving cream erases crayon marks and germs from desks. It's a fun way for a child to clean.


A pencil maker told the pencil five important lessons just before putting it in the box:

  1. The most important part of you will always be what's inside.
  2. You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil.
  3. You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
  4. On every surface on which you are used, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.
  5. You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourselve to be held in someone's hand. 
The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with a purpose in its heart.
We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box. ~ Robert Fulghum

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What funny or inspirational things have
happened in your classroom?

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