The Day the Crayons Came Home

Age Range: 2 - 11

One day Duncan receives a set of postcards from his crayons who been lost, forgotten, broken – even melted in a clothes dryer and stuck to a sock!

Book Author: Drew Daywalt

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Read the original book. How is this one similar / different? Which do you prefer?
  • Write a new set of postcards for other crayons.
  • 'Maroon' is an example of a homophones. Can you think of any other homophones? Could you make your own homophone dictionary?
  • Create a story about 'Estaban the Magnificent' (also known as Pea Green crayon). What adventures does he have when he tries to run away to see the world?
  • Look at the use of upper and lower case letters in the text. Can you find any correct any 'mistakes'? Why has the author used upper / lower case letters in this way?
  • Write a scary story about something that has happened to 'Glow in the dark' crayon.
  • Create a new story about Duncan's crayons.


  • Investigate the number (or the length) of the crayons in your classroom. Can you use this for data handling / statistics activities?


  • Why did the orange and yellow crayons melt? Can you explain why things melt? Make a poster to teach others about states of matter.
  • Tan crayon is almost digested by the dog. Find out more about the digestive system.
  • Why does 'Glow in the Dark' crayon glow? 


  • Use image editing software to create photos that show Neon Red crayon's visits to famous places around the world.
  • Record your own read-along video of this story. Use this example for inspiration:

Design Technology

  • Design a device that will help Esteban the Magnificent reach the door handle so that he can leave the house.
  • Design (and build) a new home for all of Duncan's crayons.


  • How many different colours can you think of? Can you make a chart that shows the names of different colours? Can you think of different shades of each colour?
  • Orange and Yellow get melted together in the story. Investigate what happens when you mix other colours.
  • Create some photos that show scenes from Neon Red's journey around the world.
  • Picasso is mentioned in the story. Can you find out more about his life and achievements?
  • Don't forget to explore our Colour resources.


  • 'Esteban the Magnificent' plans to run away and see the world. Imagine that you could travel around the world. Where would you go? Plan the itinerary for your trip.
  • Look on a map and plot Neon Red crayon's journey through China, Canada, France, Newcastle (or is it Newcastle?), the North Pole, the Amazon rainforest, Cleveland and the Great Wall of China.
  • Imagine that you visited a famous landmark around the world. Write a postcard home to your family to describe your experiences.


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