How Many Unusual Crayon Colors Can You Color With?

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There are countless crazy crayon colors that you can color with. From traditional colors like red, blue, and green to more unique shades like periwinkle, fuchsia, and chartreuse, the possibilities are endless. With the advancement of technology and the creativity of crayon manufacturers, new colors are constantly being introduced. Some crayon sets even include specialty colors like glitter, metallic, and neon. Additionally, many brands offer customizable crayon sets, allowing you to create your own unique color combinations. So whether you prefer classic colors or want to experiment with something more outlandish, there is a crayon color to suit every artistic vision.


Have you ever used macaroni and cheese as a crayon color? How about an inchworm or a neon carrot? What are we discussing? Crayons, obviously!

Crayon companies have created numerous unusual crayon colors. Along with the unusual colors, there are also unique types of crayons. You can color with crayons that sparkle, glow in the dark, change colors, and have a floral scent.

Have you ever wondered about the origin of crayons and their colors? Were you aware that the first crayons ever made were created in ancient Egypt? The Egyptians made crayons using beeswax and color pigments. Instead of coloring on paper, they colored on stone! They wanted their artwork to be permanent, so they used heat to burn it into the stone.

The first crayons made in the United States were produced by the Binney and Smith company in 1885. They were used for labeling boxes or crates in factories. Do you know what the first crayon color was? It was black! It was called Carbon Black. The first color pigment was red, inspired by the barns of the late 1800s.

In 1900, teachers requested better coloring materials for schools. The company began making crayons for children to color and play with. In 1903, Crayola created the first box of crayons. The box contained the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, and black. The box of eight crayons sold for five cents!

Edwin Binney’s wife came up with the name Crayola. The first part of the word Crayola comes from the French word “craie,” which means chalk. The second part of the word (“ola”) comes from the word oleaginous, which means “having oil.”

Most people are familiar with crayons, but they are unaware of what they are made of. The two main ingredients in crayons are pigment and paraffin wax. These ingredients are heated in large tanks. Once heated, the mixture is poured into molds and cooled. After hardening, the crayons are removed from the molds and checked for any breakages. Once checked, the crayons are labeled, boxed, and ready to be shipped and used!

Today, there is a wide variety of crayon colors and boxes available. Although the first box of crayons had eight colors, eventually boxes with 24 or even 64 crayons became available. Currently, you can purchase a box of 152 crayons!

Today, there are 152 different colors of Crayola crayons! Who names the individual crayon colors? The Crayola company names crayon colors in various ways. One way is by using an official color dictionary to brainstorm new color name ideas. Crayon companies also ask artists about the colors they use. Sometimes, they receive recommendations from their own employees. They also organize competitions for children to invent new crayon color names.

Kids use crayons to create posters, special pictures, melted wax art, and other masterpieces. They find inspiration in amazing colors like razzle dazzle rose, fuzzy wuzzy brown, manatee, and razzmatazz. These choices give them the freedom to create unique art and use their imagination. Guess what? Even with all these unusual crayon colors, blue is still America’s favorite color! So, what will you color with next?

Give it a Try

We hope you had a great time exploring today’s vibrant Wonder! Keep the learning experience going by engaging in the following activities with a friend or family member.

  • What is your preferred crayon color? Take a box of crayons and sort through them. Which colors do you find appealing? Shades of blue or green? Or maybe red and yellow are more to your liking? Narrow down your choices to a couple of favorites and then select one crayon that you would choose if you were stranded on a deserted island and could only use one crayon for the rest of your life. Which color would you choose? Why? Discuss your favorite colors with your friends and family members. What choices would they make?
  • We understand what you really want to do. After all this talk about crayons, we’re sure you’re eager to grab some crayons and paper and get creative. So go ahead! Unleash your inner artist and bring to life the masterpiece that’s been waiting in your mind, longing to be expressed on paper. Put in all your effort and create something truly deserving of a place on the front of the refrigerator! Have fun and get your friends and family members involved too!
  • Imagine you are an executive at Crayola. You have been assigned the task of inventing 10 new colors for kids in today’s modern, technological world. Let your imagination run wild and come up with a list of 10 new colors straight from your mind. Make sure to give each color a catchy name that also describes the particular shade you are creating. Don’t hesitate to let your creativity flow!

Sources of Wonder

Grade 5 Students of Tyler Run Elementary School, Powell, OH

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