The Day the Crayons Quit ~ Book Review and Learning Activities


The Day the Crayons Quit

by: Drew Daywalt

Duncan loves to color and just wants to create artwork with his favorite colors, but his crayons are anything but happy! When he goes to take out his crayons in class one day he finds a stack of letters filled with complaints from his crayons.

Pink only gets used by his kid sister because she is a “girl” color, poor blue has been used so much he has become short and stubby and needs a break,

and just look at what black is upset about:Black


But, the hands down winner of the favorite page in the book was… Peach. Sweet little Peach was too embarrassed to even come out of the box because he was naked. Duncan had peeled off all his paper. Poor Peach didn’t even have any underwear on!

Oh my goodness! The laughter that followed was contagious!


If you haven’t read this book yet, it is a must! This clever little story will have the kiddos (and even the grown-ups) giggling with delight! My reading groups loved it and the kids asked for it to be reread numerous times throughout the year.


THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT ~ Read aloud by the Storybook Nanny

Take a peek below for some fun and interactive literature activities to tie in comprehension, science, writing and math.


Discussion Questions

  1. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Why?
  2. What is your favorite color crayon to color with? What do you like to color with it?
  3. Do you think your crayon likes when you use it? Why or why not?
  4. Beige crayon felt ignored. Have you ever felt ignored like him?
  5. Yellow or orange are arguing Who do you think is right? Can they both be right? Explain.
  6. Have you ever had an argument with a friend, sister, or brother? How did you feel afterward?
  7. Peach was super embarrassed. Have you ever experienced that emotion? What may make someone feel that way?
  8. What would you do if you found a stack of complaints from your crayons?


Fun Hands-On Activities with Crayons

Crayon Sort

crayons sorted

Build Shapes with Crayons

crayon shapes


DIY Melted Crayons

Why not tie in a little science fun with your story? Hop on over to A Little CLAIREification for the full details on how to make DIY Melted Crayons and add a fun little science craft to make your reading come alive.

crayon crayons

Sight Word Practice with Color Words

Check out this cute little color word puzzle to help those kiddos practice those oh so important color sight words. You can stop by A Dab of Glue Will Do for this free color puzzle freebie.

Color Word Printable


Writing Prompts

For the little ones ~ Have them practice writing their color words. Write green with a green crayon, red with a red crayon, etc. and make a rainbow of color words.

For the older kiddos ~ Make a class book by having each child choose a different color out of the Crayola box. They each write a letter telling why that color crayon quit. Compile all the letters into a class book. Each child takes a turn taking the book home to read to their families. After each child has had a turn to take it home, add it to the classroom library.

Each page would begin with this prompt.

One day in class, insert teachers name here went to take out his crayons and found a stack of letters with her name on them.


More Books About Crayons





  1. The Crayon Box that Talked was/is one of favorite books to use when teaching colors to kids. it is very similar to this book as it has each color talking as if it is the most important . then they learn to work together and that even though they are all different, when they work together they create the most beautiful pictures.


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