Recently, a field trip took us to the Crayola Experience (a fabulous day trip in Easton, PA not far from Philadelphia; the Orlando location opens July 2015), To complement our visit, we read The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. This clever book happens to be one of my husband’s favorite read alouds for our son in which the crayons in a boy’s box decide they are fed up! The crayons leave a stack of letters stating reasons they quit. A quick search brought up an overwhelming number of writing extension activities. Here are a handful of coordinating writing activities that parents and teachers can use along with this book.
THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers (2014) — FREE Writing Extension Activities
- The Day the Crayons Quit: a RIF Guide for Educators, Parents and Families, and Community Coordinators by Reading is Fundamental: a downloadable PDF that features guided reading questions, persuasive/opinion writing extension activities, a think-tac-toe, and an illustrated vocabulary scaffold. K-5
- An Educator’s Guide to the Day the Crayons Quit by Penguin: downloadable PDF with standards-based persuasive & friendly letter writing activities. K-5
- Literature Response: The Day the Crayons Quit by The 1st Grade Bloom; 1st-3rd
- The Day the Crayons Quit Writing Activity by Homegrown Friends: writing prompt that teaches empathy; Preschool-K
- Point of view activity: use this crayon and word bubble printable from Buggy and Buddy to summarize why each crayon “character” from the book would like to quit. Fill in each word bubble based on each color’s point of view.
And just for fun, here’s a fun and informative about the illustrator and the process of writing, illustrating, and storytelling: Oliver Jeffers Picture Book Maker