September 24, 2007

The Crayon Box that Talked activity

I volunteer for SEEDS in Tater's class every Friday. I have 30 minutes to read a story to the class and then do an activity with them relating to the story. This week I read The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf (I know, nice name!). It's the cutest story about a box of crayons. None of the colors get along with each other. Then, a little girl buys the box and takes it home. She colors a beautiful picture using all of the colors. The colors then realize that without each other the girl could not have made the sun yellow, grass green, sky blue, etc.

Anyway, I gave each child a crayon template to color. They were to write their name on it and draw a picture of themselves. Then, I made their teacher her own box of crayons! She loved it and the kids enjoyed seeing her hang it up in the classroom. Here's the poem that I put at the bottom:

Wouldn't it be terrible?
Wouldn't it be sad?

If just one single color
was the color that we had?

If everything was purple?
Or red? Or blue? Or green?

If yellow, pink, or orange
was all that could be seen?

Can you just imagine how dull
the world would be If just one single color
was all we got to see?

Of course I emphasized that it takes each of them (and their differences) to make up their class.


  1. Anonymous8:46 PM

    aww thats cute! great idea

  2. Oh that is so cute.

  3. Anonymous1:37 PM

    I came across this book in a doctor's office waiting room, and I enjoyed it so much, that I am using it as a team building exercise for adults. I think we could all use a lesson from this, not just for kids!


  4. Anonymous9:16 AM

    This is an awesome little poem, we used it in a classroom of college its not just for kids


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