The Day The Crayons Quit

A whole school ‘Colours’ week was thoroughly enjoyed by the children. Every class in school and nursery studied the story of ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers. Each day, every class received a letter from a different coloured crayon with crayons leaving the school daily! Some crayons took it upon themselves to scribble all over the school including over the registers, photographs and work displayed on the walls. Children assumed the role of the ‘Crayon Police’ to investigate. Children replied to the letters from the crayons and tried to address the needs and feelings of the crayons!

When only black and white crayons were left in school children had to research the different coloured animals they could draw with just these two colours.

Children explored chameleons with some lovely camouflaged art work produced.

Children brought coloured bottle tops from home to make some stunning art works. Children made pencil pots at home to look after the crayons – everyone was awarded a special ‘Looking After the Crayons’ certificate.

All children worked with Tan Draig, creative practitioner, to undertake some large scale weaving around the school. Colourful works of art appeared on the walkway between school and nursery, around trees and picnic benches and around the gazebo! In classrooms children made structures and shapes using making tape and canes and subsequently weaved around these structures.

Children experimented with colour mixing in classrooms with Year 2 children calculating the volume of coloured water needed to make different colours.

Each class spent time exploring a colour and at the end of the week everyone dressed up in their respective colour.

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