Crayons are objects that practically everyone recognizes. Colorful sticks of wax that can be used to draw and color, crayons have been around for over 100 years and are popularly distributed by several companies—Crayola chief among them. Crayons do wonders for increasing a person’s creativity and they are marvelous tools for children to use in order to depict the things that they imagine.
Crayons are commonly used as a means of distracting children and keeping them quiet for extended periods of time. In fact, some restaurants hand out crayons and drawing paper alongside napkins and silverware when they see that a small child is present. Yet crayons can be more than a mere game or distraction—crayons are often used by learning professionals to help children’s cognitive development.
The most frequent use of crayons is to allow children to explore drawing and get a sense of the relationship between imagination and reality—such as when they draw something that they have imagined and therefore turn their idea into a physical thing that other people can also see. Crayons can be used to outline maps which give children a sense of how to read maps and find geographical locations. Crayons can also be used to help children illustrate a story that they have thought up and written down. Finally, crayons can be used to give children a more sophisticated sense of colors.
Having fun is an important part of learning that is especially crucial during early childhood. Crayons are useful tools in helping to make learning enjoyable and engaging for children and this gives them a better chance of absorbing the information that they are being presented with. Hence, crayons can and do aid learning and should be a part of every curriculum.