One of the first projects my first graders made were these “All About Me Crayons”. I had seen and taught this lesson probably 10 years ago and decided to revisit it. I can not remember exactly where I saw this idea, but as many lessons are, we get ideas and see projects all over the place. I try to credit when I can, but some of these I have been doing so long! We started the day by reading the book The Day the Crayons Quit, which is super funny and adorable.
Next, the kids wrote their name on the crayon, drew a self-portrait and added pictures of things that they liked or told about them.
I also showed them this video from Sesame Street about how crayons are made. I wanted to show the version from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, but I could not find a clean copy without pop-up comments from YouTube channels. Anyways, if you find one, let me know!
Here are some of the kids’ crayons.
(The last crayon, the brown one, is a picture of the child dressed in his Egyptian Halloween costume. I thought this picture was so great, because I have that same headdress! Also, a few of these, I Photoshopped out their last names so that’s why the crayon might seem to have some weird white space.)
Have you ever taught a crayon themed art project?