February 22, 2013 – I love colouring! But more than colouring, I love the smell of crayons. When I need a 'feel good' moment, I draw inspiration not just from my pictures and good memories but a rather mystical, magical box that has been sitting on my bookshelf for more than 20 years – a box of Crayola crayons. I pick up the box, move it close to my face and slowly lift up the lid. Before my eyes I see 96 crayons all stacked neatly in three compartments and as I inhale, the smell of the crayons brings me back to my childhood days and I am able to conjure up everything warm and wonderful, cozy and cuddly. In this very precious moment, I can see me and my sister, happy as two peas in a pod, colouring in our colouring books on the living room floor using our Crayola crayons. It just doesn't get any better than that – or so I thought.
I went to the Crayola website to see what kind of creative activities they had for Easter. Oh, to be a kid again! Crayola has colouring pages, creative craft ideas, art technique pages and thousands of activities that would put a smile any child's face. They even have a Kid's Playzone area that contains games, pop art, colouring page maker, a place where you can take your digital pics and family photos into line art for real-life colouring pages, and where kids can transform themselves into a cartoon and become the star of their own colouring page adventure! I went to the 'Colouring pages' section and was happily surprised that not only could I colour a picture by printing it from the website but I could colour it on-line as well – with my choice of crayon, brush, marker, pencil, etc. and of course, their palette of colours is bursting with vibrancy and excitement.
Here's my best advice! If you would like your kids to have fun on-line in a very safe environment I highly recommend you go to www.crayola.com. Your children will be amazed by what they discover. The amount of activities on Crayola's website is endless and will pique not only your children's imagination but tickle their curiosity too as they browse from page to page of unique adventures.
Crayola also has sections for parents and educators filled with hundreds of artful, standards-based lesson plan ideas designed to integrate the arts into the daily curriculum and stimulate independent thinking through visual learning.
OK, back to Easter! Please click here to see the most beautiful Easter pictures that your children can colour on-line or colour at home with their own crayons. Click here if you or your child would like to receive Crayola's newsletter (scroll down to the bottom of the page).
Give your children amazing opportunities to have happy memories doing happy things. Look at me – all these years later still enjoying my happy moments with Crayola.