The Day the Crayons Quit – a new Explore Day

8th December 2017by KateBlog14


Monday morning and a rainy day in a lovely primary school in Tameside – it was time to brighten things up with some drama workshops, all about the colours of ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers.

This wonderfully imaginative book contains a series of letters written by The Crayons to Duncan, a boy who loves to draw. Blue is overused and stubby, Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking because they both believe they are the true colour of the sun and Pink is only used by Duncan’s sister, sadly only being seen a girls colour! There’s plenty more colours and each one has a letter to Duncan addressing his/her problem as a colour.

How could I bring these letters to life for the four Year 3 and 4 classes at Pinfold Primary? The school had booked one of our ‘Explore Days’, which offer up to 4 workshops on themes of your choice.  We have a huge list of topics to choose from, or – like in this case – you can choose your own theme, based on the needs of your pupils.  The fantastic thing about an Explore Day is that so many classes can take part and explore the subject – leading to inspired ideas back in class. So, my plan was to explore the book physically, using drama activities, and help children develop their understanding of the style and language used by the writer.

My plan included activities which would allow children to physically create the characters, drawings and colours, and to use personification activities which would explore the motives, thoughts and voices of the objects in the story. My initial discussion with the teachers about the workshops had focused on the imagination of the book and linking drama activities to English – this is something we love to do!

Year 3 LOVED bringing the colours to life and performing the Crayons! We worked through an activity which asked children to think about why other, everyday objects might want to ‘quit’ their jobs and pupils came up with some wonderful ideas.  They communicated these through drama improvisations, ensuring that all pupils were able to access the activity and that important speaking and listening skills were being developed. Children also voiced the characters, turned their bodies into everyday objects and were totally engaged in every part of the workshop. They were a joy to work with!

In the afternoon, Year 4 completely mastered the art of improvisation – hot seating the characters with insightful questions and then thinking and speaking as the characters to answer questions during the ‘Talk Chalk Show’ activity (which was one my favourites!) We even had a few teachers performing too!  We also used imaginary crayons to colour an imaginary picture, developing our visioning and team work skills.

The feedback from the school was great, they felt the Explore Day had been a huge success.  One of the class teachers told us that she didn’t usually have time to explore stories through drama, but that this was a great way to engage the children and give them a WOW experience at the start of their topic.

Teachers also commented that the sessions “pushed children out of their comfort zone” and that the session was really meaningful as it allowed to them explore the “why” of the story through innovative, drama activities.

If only every Monday was as colourful! I’m looking forward to the next book I get to work on!

Kerry. 🙂


If you’d like to find out about our bespoke Explore workshops, give us a call or pop us an email –


  • Adidas NMD x Kaws Black Colorful

    14th November 2018 at 10:06 am

    I definitely wanted to write a quick note to be able to appreciate you for all of the amazing strategies you are giving on this site. My incredibly long internet search has at the end of the day been rewarded with good tips to write about with my classmates and friends. I ‘d say that we visitors actually are undoubtedly lucky to be in a useful site with very many lovely people with very helpful tips. I feel somewhat blessed to have seen your website page and look forward to so many more exciting minutes reading here. Thanks a lot once again for everything.

  • basketball shoes

    14th November 2018 at 1:38 pm

    I and my pals were looking through the excellent suggestions found on your site and so at once got an awful suspicion I had not expressed respect to the blog owner for them. The guys are already absolutely thrilled to see all of them and have now without a doubt been using those things. Many thanks for actually being quite helpful and then for figuring out this sort of outstanding topics most people are really desirous to learn about. My very own sincere regret for not expressing appreciation to sooner.

  • bape hoodie

    14th November 2018 at 11:07 pm

    I simply wanted to appreciate you again. I do not know the things that I could possibly have followed without the tricks discussed by you on such a area of interest. Certainly was the frightful condition in my opinion, however , discovering your specialized manner you processed the issue forced me to jump for gladness. I’m grateful for your assistance and thus hope you really know what a great job you were getting into training some other people all through your web page. More than likely you have never got to know all of us.

  • nike air max 2018

    15th November 2018 at 10:01 am

    I would like to show appreciation to this writer for bailing me out of such a crisis. After checking through the world wide web and seeing solutions which were not helpful, I believed my entire life was over. Existing minus the strategies to the difficulties you’ve solved as a result of your guideline is a serious case, as well as ones that would have badly affected my career if I hadn’t noticed the website. Your own knowledge and kindness in taking care of all the details was valuable. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I had not come upon such a stuff like this. I can also at this time look forward to my future. Thanks for your time so much for this expert and sensible help. I won’t be reluctant to endorse your site to anybody who ought to have support about this topic.

  • adidas superstar

    15th November 2018 at 9:39 pm

    I precisely had to thank you very much again. I do not know the things that I could possibly have worked on without the type of tips contributed by you about this situation. It has been a traumatic setting in my opinion, but being able to view the very specialized tactic you processed the issue forced me to cry over gladness. Now i am grateful for this information and as well , have high hopes you find out what a powerful job that you are doing instructing the mediocre ones all through a site. I am sure you have never met all of us.

  • michael kors outlet online

    16th November 2018 at 5:48 am

    I enjoy you because of your own effort on this web page. My daughter really loves doing investigation and it’s really obvious why. A lot of people know all concerning the powerful way you offer worthwhile things by means of the web blog and boost contribution from some others on this matter and our own child is actually starting to learn a whole lot. Have fun with the rest of the new year. You’re conducting a very good job.

  • goyard handbags

    16th November 2018 at 5:59 pm

    I must show thanks to this writer just for bailing me out of this type of challenge. After exploring throughout the search engines and seeing views which were not powerful, I believed my life was done. Existing devoid of the solutions to the problems you have sorted out by way of your main article content is a serious case, as well as the kind that might have negatively affected my entire career if I hadn’t discovered your web site. Your actual competence and kindness in handling all areas was vital. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t discovered such a point like this. I can also now look forward to my future. Thanks a lot so much for the skilled and result oriented guide. I won’t be reluctant to endorse your web sites to anyone who needs and wants counselling about this subject.

  • kyrie shoes

    17th November 2018 at 1:37 am

    My husband and i felt really thrilled when Emmanuel managed to finish up his web research through the ideas he had in your web pages. It’s not at all simplistic to just choose to be freely giving steps many others may have been making money from. Therefore we fully understand we have got you to thank for this. The specific explanations you’ve made, the easy web site menu, the relationships you can aid to foster – it’s got many fabulous, and it’s making our son and the family believe that that issue is amusing, which is certainly especially vital. Thank you for all the pieces!

  • calvin klein outlet online

    17th November 2018 at 11:46 am

    I enjoy you because of all your valuable effort on this web site. Kim delights in setting aside time for internet research and it’s really easy to understand why. Most of us know all relating to the compelling manner you deliver important strategies via this web blog and even foster response from some others about this concept plus our own daughter has been studying a lot of things. Take pleasure in the rest of the year. You’re performing a remarkable job.

  • moncler jackets

    17th November 2018 at 9:43 pm

    I am just commenting to make you be aware of what a awesome discovery my friend’s daughter went through visiting your web page. She mastered too many pieces, most notably what it’s like to possess an excellent giving mindset to have the rest quite simply gain knowledge of a number of complicated subject areas. You actually surpassed her desires. I appreciate you for supplying these necessary, healthy, educational as well as cool thoughts on the topic to Ethel.

  • balenciaga sneakers

    18th November 2018 at 6:50 am

    I wanted to post a note in order to thank you for these great techniques you are giving out here. My particularly long internet lookup has at the end of the day been paid with professional information to talk about with my contacts. I would declare that most of us website visitors actually are rather endowed to exist in a perfect network with very many brilliant individuals with good ideas. I feel really privileged to have used your website and look forward to plenty of more exciting times reading here. Thanks once more for everything.

  • harden shoes

    18th November 2018 at 7:23 pm

    A lot of thanks for your whole effort on this blog. Gloria really loves working on investigation and it’s really obvious why. I notice all regarding the lively means you produce rewarding guidance on the website and as well as boost response from visitors on that issue and my princess is now studying a great deal. Take pleasure in the rest of the new year. You’re the one conducting a very good job.

  • adidas nmd runner

    19th November 2018 at 3:57 am

    I’m commenting to make you understand of the brilliant discovery my friend’s girl experienced using your site. She came to find too many details, which included what it’s like to possess an ideal giving heart to make other people easily understand some tricky topics. You really did more than readers’ desires. Thanks for showing these precious, trustworthy, edifying and in addition unique tips on that topic to Mary.

  • michael kors outlet

    19th November 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I would like to express my gratitude for your kindness in support of men and women who should have guidance on this one field. Your very own commitment to getting the message along turned out to be unbelievably beneficial and has specifically encouraged individuals much like me to realize their goals. Your amazing important suggestions can mean this much a person like me and somewhat more to my office workers. With thanks; from everyone of us.

Leave a Reply