Crayola crayons were the first kids crayons invented. Edward Binney and C. Harold Smith started the company in 1885 and their earliest products were red oxide pigment that was used in barn paint and carbon black that was used for car tires. The early 1900’s saw the introduction of slate pencils and two years later, dustless chalk was introduced.
The need for safe, quality, and affordable wax pencils led the company to produce an 8-color box of Crayola crayons. Edwin’s wife, Alice, who coined it from the French words, “craie”, which means chalk, and “ola”, which means “oily or oleaginous”, created the name. These first crayons were sold for a nickel and quickly soared to great popularity.
Crayola has come a long way since that first box of crayons that contained only eight colors. Now there are over a hundred different kinds of crayons, including crayons with glitter, crayons that smell, washable crayons, and more. In addition, they have a large variety of other art products, including markers, paint, and more, that will allow anyone’s imagination to soar.
When you want something to draw with, you want to consider Crayola’s family of products. They offer something for any age of child and adult to ensure that everyone can enjoy art and crafts.