Monday, March 12, 2012

Colorful Weekend

Kai’s latest obsession is crayons.

No, he is not going crazy using crayons to draw things. Rather, he is obsessed with learning all about them. Specifically, he is interested in the history of Crayola crayons.

It all started over the weekend when he discovered a Wikipedia entry that listed all of the Crayola crayon colors. The website shows the 133 standard Crayola crayon colors, the RGB color code for each, and the year that the color was first issued.

My wife was amazed that this information was on Wikipedia and wondered if there was anyone besides our son who cared about such things. I don’t know if there is, but Kai was thrilled to find the information.

He loves knowing the order of things – the order the 50 states entered the U.S., and the year that each Ugly Doll came out are two previous examples – and finding out that this information exists for crayons was heaven for him.

He had me print out the listing that shows the pack size and year that each color was first issued in, and he is now on his way to becoming an expert on which were the original colors that came out in 1903, and which were added to the 8, 16, 24, 48, 64, 96, and 120 packs.

He wanted to take the list to school this morning, but we figured that it would just distract him from doing his schoolwork. Though, knowing him, he will be talking about colors all day and his teachers will be wondering what he is talking about.

One nice thing, though, is that that I found a website that lets you enter in any RGB code and it will display the color on the screen. So, Kai got a fun learning experience as he entered various Crayola crayon RGB codes, and then played around with different settings and seeing how it changed the color.

So, as obsessions go, I guess this one is not too bad. Maybe one day he will be able to identify paint colors for us.


  1. well I hope as this one 'draws' to a close (get it??!!) he will find something equally harmless to get interested in next!! ;)

    1. Haha. Yes, let's see how long he stays interested in the crayon colors. Who knows what will be next?


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