Crayola Crayons and the Popularity of Coloring

It’s coming up on the ten-year anniversay of Binney & Smith’s 100 Billionth Crayola Crayon. On February 6, 1996, Fred Rogers (of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) made the 100 billionth Crayola crayon.  It was a unique color called Blue Ribbon. A million of these special Blue Ribbon crayons were made, and sold in special commemorative boxes. 

The actual 100 billionth Crayola crayon was won in a contest by Darlene Martin, a grandmother from Port Orchid, WA. She then sold it back to Binney & Smith for a $100,000 bond. The 100 billionth crayon now resides in the Crayola Hall of Fame in downtown Easton, PA.

So, just how popular is coloring? Kids, ages two to eight, spend an average of twenty-eight minutes each day coloring. And the average child in the United States will wear down 730 crayons by his tenth birthday.  Combined, American children spend 6.3 billion hours coloring annually, almost 10,000 human lifetimes!   According to a report in the “Christian Science Monitor,” parents buy enough crayons in a year to make a giant crayon thirty-five feet in diameter and a hundred feet taller than the Statue of Liberty!

And now, due to the magic of the Internet, you can get all the free printable coloring pages your kids could possibly want right here. Remember, my topics are growing every week. Please let me know what you want to see next.


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