The Crayon Box That Talked Activity for Kids

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

'The Crayon Box That Talked' is a book about crayons that don't get along. It teaches a unique message about tolerance and acceptance, and it's a lot of fun to read with young learners.

The Crayon Box That Talked

Shane DeRolf is the author of The Crayon Box That Talked and uses the medium to deliver a message about tolerance. Engaging students in learning activities after reading the book will be a great way to bring it to life and solidify learning. The following activities have been created for this purpose and have been designed with lower elementary students in mind.

Color Word Match Game

Help students reinforce their knowledge of color words by playing a match game.

Materials to prepare ahead of time: Use white index cards and a box of crayons to create a match game with the major colors. A match consists of one card with the color name and a second card with a small picture drawn in that color. You'll want to create 5-6 separate games.

  • Read the book to the class.
  • Put students into small groups of 3-5.
  • Give each group one of the match games.
  • Allow class time for each of the groups to play their game.

Using Only One Crayon

Use this activity to reinforce the message of tolerance and the need for others (the need for all the different colors).

Materials: drawing paper and crayons

  • Give each student a piece of drawing paper and ONE crayon.
  • Instruct students to draw a picture using only their one crayon and allow class time for them to do so.
  • Once they are all finished, have students share their creations with the class.
  • As a class, discuss:
    • How did you feel about only being able to use one crayon?
    • How would your pictures be different if you had been able to use many different crayons?
    • How do you feel when you are alone?
    • How are things different when you have friends and family to support you?
    • What lesson do you think this activity is teaching?
    • What lesson did the book, The Crayon Box That Talked teach?

Recreate the Picture

Materials: Drawing paper and crayons

  • Talk about the picture that was drawn by the child in the book.
    • Discuss the use of many different colors.
    • Talk about which colors were used to create which elements in the picture.
  • Give each student drawing paper and some crayons.
  • Have students try to use their own crayons to recreate the picture in the book.

Rhyming Word Search

The Crayon Box That Talked is written with a very distinct rhyme scheme. Use this activity to do a quick review of rhyming.

Materials: white board, document camera, or other means of displaying words for the class to see

  • Begin by doing a quick review of the concept of rhyming.
  • Read the book to the class and ask them to listen for the rhymes on each page.
  • As you read, have students raise their hand to identify the rhyming pairs.
  • Write the rhyming pairs for students to see.
  • Next, ask students to generate some rhyming pairs of their own.
  • Write these pairs on the board, as well.
  • Finally, have the class read through all of the rhyming pairs together.

Stick Puppet Retell

Your students can practice story retelling with this activity.

Materials: popsicle sticks, crayons, drawing paper, scissors, glue

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