Every kid loves to sit down with some blank paper and a pack of crayons or markers and make some art. It's such a great creative outlet, and something we should encourage at all times! Kid art is really something special, and there's nothing better than getting a hand-drawn piece of art from your little one. However, as many colors as there are in a big box of crayons, have you ever considered how limiting those colors can be?
For example, when a kid is drawing a self-portrait or a picture of their family and they have a skin tone that isn't covered by the peach crayon, what are they supposed to use? There are about as many different colors of skin as their are colors of crayons, so why are flesh tones so limited? That's a question a lot of parents are probably wondering about. And Crayola gets that, which is why they now sell multicultural crayons, pencils, and markers.
Oh my god so I recently told @jennyhagel that when I was a kid I used to shade myself in as light grey bc I never knew what color to use for my skin & she said her son had these cool new crayons for all skin tones & anyway here I am at 9am tearing up at work!!!! ❤️💛 pic.twitter.com/aEiWnKuVYD— Karen Chee (@karencheee) February 25, 2019
Not everyone has peach-colored skin, so only including a peach crayon, pencil, or marker was very limiting. We love that Crayola recognized that kids of all colors and skin tones use their products, and should be represented inside the box! They have an entire line of multicultural crayons, markers, and colored pencils for all skin tones.
The box of crayons sells for $2.99 and includes eight colors: apricot, black, burnt sienna, mahogany, peach, sepia, tan, and white.
The markers sell for $5.49, and the pack includes 10 different colors: golden beige, tawny, beige, bronze, mahogany, tan, sienna, terracotta, and the two new colors apricot and sepia.
The 8-piece pack of colored pencils is available on Amazon for $4.29, and comes with eight different shades: dark brown, red, black, brown, mahogany, light brown, Peach and harvest gold.
It seems like such a simple idea, and we're surprised it's taken this long to come to life! Representation is so very important, especially for children. If they don't see themselves in their own artwork, that's a big problem! These multicultural crayons, markers, and colored pencils are definitely a step in the right direction. And just think of all the art your kiddos can make when they don't have to spend so much time creating their own colors for their skin!