Friday, June 22, 2007

Crayola Factory

On Tuesday, I took Landon and Kennady on a field trip to the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA.  We had a fair-sized group from church going, so I didn't have to drive - we had a charter bus!  I was so pleased with how well my two behaved on the bus.  I didn't take very many pictures, and those I did take didn't turn out so great, but here's a quick run-down of our trip.

One of the first things Kennady wanted to do was try out the Crayola computer programs.  We played with these a little while waiting for "showtime"

Then we watched a demonstration of how the crayons and markers are made, and how the machines work.  I tried to get some pictures there, but they didn't turn out.  These two are about the best.  The first one is the crayon wrapping machine.  The fellow told us that years ago before they had automated equipment to wrap the crayons, they had area farm families do it.  If I remember correctly, they were paid about 19c an hour to put the paper wrappers on crayons.  He told us the approximate number an experienced wrapper could complete in an hour, but I can't recall that now.  Families were given only one color of crayon, in order to keep it simple, and were referred to by their color - so they had the Red Farm Family, the Blue Farm Family, etc.  Each member of the audience was given a crayon to wrap and then keep.

In this second (also very dark and indistinct) picture, he is handing out freshly manufactured markers to the audience members.  He showed us how the machinery put together the individual pieces of the marker.

We paused to get a picture of the kids with the giant crayon.  I don't know if it has a name! LOL

Doesn't Landon look thrilled to be there? LOL  He doesn't like having his picture taken.  Can you see Kennady's outfit? The print on her top and skort is a red check background with CRAYONS all over it. I just couldn't resist dressing her in that for the day.  (~8

We tried out this animation display, which gives the kids an idea of how claymation type films are made.

And my only other picture is of the Chalk Walk:

When we first got there, we were each given three tokens that can be used in "vending" machines in the factory to get crayons, markers and Model Magic clay.  The kids both liked the Model Magic clay the best, they told me afterwards.  I thought the neatest thing was the paint area - we painted using melted crayon wax.  Yes, I made some art projects too and I am most proud of my melted wax painting.  LOL  But I noticed just now that I hadn't uploaded pictures of any of our projects to photobucket, so I guess I won't be sharing those today.  Maybe another time IF I remember.

This post was added to the Throwback Thursday Blog-Style link-up hosted by Tots and Me... Growing Up Together! on June 23, 2016.

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Canadagirl said...

Wow. I would have loved that field trip !!! That is neat history I had never known about Crayola. Cool. I think that is sooooo cute that your dd had a outfit to match the day. (0=

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ReviewsbyHeidi said...

We did the tour of the Crayola Factory a few months ago~ it's so fun! Yes, even moms have to get in on the act! I loved that melted crayon wax thing!


DanielleW said...

Fun, Fun, FUn!

I found a map of PA that has attractions like this and really want to do the Crayola factory. In fact, we probably would have done that if we had gone East with FIL this summer but he's decided not to take us this year. But it is definitely on my list.

kewkew said...

Oh wow, I never knew such a place existed. Just checked and it is 4 hours away (we live at the tippy top of PA). This would be a fantastic field trip. Thanks for sharing this post on Throwback Thursday Blog-Style. So glad for your continued participation. I do apologize for not stopping by regularly. I am going to rectify that oversight. Hope to see you stop by this week.
Just to let you know, your post is the Featured Post this week. Have a great day!

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