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The Day The Crayons Quit Educational Book Activity For Kids

“The Day The Crayons Quit” is a cute children’s book that I recommend reading with your children if you get a chance to. Below you’ll find some free printables and activities to go along with this book.

Book Activity to go with The Day The Crayons Quit. 3 page coloring activity adjustable to varying levels. Learning to read, write and spell the names of 12 colours. Free printable.

The Day the Crayons Quit” is a story your kids are sure to love!

Summary

12 of Duncan’s crayons each write him a letter, each from their point of view.  

Beige is tired of always being less used than Brown.  Blue needs a break from coloring so much water and sky pictures, while Pink just wants to be used.

 Green seems to be the only crayon content with his lot in life, while Orange and Yellow can’t stop arguing over who is the true color of the sun.

Age Level

While the book is marketed for ages 3-7, I am not ashamed to admit, I quite enjoyed the book myself.

I love books that I can enjoy reading to my preschool daughter as much as she enjoys having it read to her.  

It’s quite humorous, had us both chuckling a few times and in the short time we’ve had the book, she’s asked me to read it to her quite a few times already.

A great book for a preschool, kindergarten, or early elementary aged student!

EDUCATIONAL BOOK ACTIVITY

While reading for the sheer pleasure of it is something I hope to continue to foster with my daughter, I like to sneak in some additional learning whenever possible.

This story presents a great opportunity for kids to practice their reading, writing and spelling skills of the 12 colours mentioned in the book.  

Here is my 4 part suggestion:

Read the Story Together

Read The Day the Crayons Quit to your child.  

Tell them that you are going to read it together.  Whenever you come across a color word, point to it and have your child read it.

It will be pretty effortless for them as each color is written in its own color in the book.  Depending on their skill level, you could also throw in 2 other well used words in the book for your child to read: “crayon” and “color”.

Coloring Activity: Free Printable

After reading the book, I created free printable activity sheets for your kids to do.

Book Activity to go with The Day The Crayons Quit. 3 page coloring activity adjustable to varying levels. Learning to read, write and spell the names of 12 colours. Free printable.

The first page presents additional reading practice of the color words.  

If they are not at the writing stage yet, they can have fun coloring the crayons their correct color.  Of course they will have to read the word to know which color the crayon needs.

If they can handle some tracing, then have them find a marker of the correct color to trace each of the words before coloring the crayons.  Great practice for their reading and writing skills.

Spelling Fun – Color Word Scramble

Perhaps at another time they can do the next page and a half of the free printable to work on spelling. It’s a word scramble activity.

Book Activity to go with The Day The Crayons Quit. 3 page coloring activity adjustable to varying levels. Learning to read, write and spell the names of 12 colours. Free printable.

If kids are able, they can practice their cutting skills, cutting out all the colorful letters they are going to need for this color word scramble.

Book Activity to go with The Day The Crayons Quit. 3 page coloring activity adjustable to varying levels. Learning to read, write and spell the names of 12 colours. Free printable.

Sorting or grouping all the letters by their color is next.  They will then have all the letters needed for spelling the color words.

The next step is unscrambling the letters.  They can try doing this by sounding out the word and putting the letters in the order of sounds that they hear.  

Of course, they might need some parental assistance for some of those trickier phonics rules (like silent e’s or when 2 vowels go walking….).

After unscrambling a jumbled color word, they can count how many letters that color has, find a crayon on the “Color Unscramble” page with the same amount of spaces, and glue the letters in the correct order.

Book Activity to go with The Day The Crayons Quit. 3 page printable coloring activity adjustable to varying levels. Learning to read, write and spell the names of 12 colours.

For more practice learning to spell these color words, check out this color word search puzzle.

My Favourite Color Is…

Last but not least they can grab some crayons, and practice a little of what they’ve learned with “My Favorite Color is…”.   Will they remember how to spell their favorite color?  That is the question lol.

You can download all 3 pdf pages of “The Day The Crayons Quit” free printables below.

Here are some other color themed activities:

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Wednesday 26th of February 2020

[…] kids to think outside the box when it comes to coloring and will help your child to name colors. Tree Valley Academy has several printables to help you to extend learning while reading The Day the Crayons […]

ISTEIN

Saturday 28th of July 2018

How do I download worksheets? I don't see link to email list

Deanna Hershberger

Thursday 28th of January 2016

This is great! I love that you have activity ideas AND printables! Excellent!

Thanks for sharing with Everything Kids Link & Pin Party! Hope that you share more great ideas with us again on Sunday night!

swapna

Thursday 28th of January 2016

Interesting Ideas!

Eva /Kid Minds

Monday 25th of January 2016

Kids Literature is amazing nowadays. I can't get enough of it. I totally agree with you that even though I'm an adult I derive lots of pleasure from reading kids books and as we read my mind starts swarming with ideas for activities inspired by book we are reading.

I like your activity suggestions. Thanks for inspiration.

Melanie Thomas

Monday 25th of January 2016

Glad to know I'm not alone lol.