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The day the crayons quit by Drew Daywalt.

Published by Philomel Books Jun 27, 2013 | 40 Pages | 10 x 10| 3-7 years | ISBN 9780399255373

What happens when the crayons decide to quit? The book presents the reader with the problem....

'Poor Duncan just wants to colour. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from colouring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other."

What is Duncan to do? The book encourages children to think of a solution and plan ways to helps Duncan and the crayons.

The story can be a literacy based way to introduce Problem Based learning into a class and a base to extend the story.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:



  • Write a new letter from one of the crayons to Duncan.

  • Write a new story about everyday objects that decide to quit.

  • Find synonyms for different colours (e.g. Red = Crimson, maroon, rose, cherry). Make a colour thesaurus that you can refer to in your own writing.

  • Write a conversation between two (or more) of the crayons.

  • Write Duncan's replies to the crayons' letters.

  • Write a story about a magic, multi-coloured crayon. What might happen to the person that uses it?


  • Find out the cost of different sets of crayons. Work out the cost of each crayon in the sets. Which set is the best value?

  • Measure the lengths of the coloured crayons in your classroom. Could you use this information for data handling / statistics activities?


  • Find out about colour. What is it? Why do we see things in different colours?

  • Learn more about colour blindness. How does this affect some people?

  • Yellow and orange crayons have an argument about the colour of the sun. What colour is the sun?


  • Use painting software to mix different colours together.

Design Technology

  • Design a new home to help the crayons relax after a busy day of work.


  • Create a chart that shows the colours of a range of objects. Use the information in the story to help you.

  • How many different colours can you think of?

  • Create your own colouring pages that others can colour using crayons that haven't quit.

  • Draw pictures of objects using very unusual colours (e.g.a blue strawberry, a green dog).

  • Use paint (or other art materials) to create many different shades of the same colour.

  • Create a poster that teaches other children about primary, secondary and tertiary colours.

  • Can you create your own colour wheel?

  • Design a new wrapper for the peach crayon!

This is a great literacy and cross curriculum resource!

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