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Crayola: Create to Learn

Dive into dozens of creative activities to support literacy, numeracy and social emotion learning. Developed in partnership with Crayola Education.

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Writing Art | Late Arrivals
When stories talk about the passing of time, it helps us to understand how things change. In this activity, you will create illustrations that will reflect the beginning, middle and end of a story.
Social and Emotional Learning | The Best of Me
When you draw upon your strengths, you see the many ways that your skills and personality shine. In this activity, you will create illustrations, that show how you interact with others.
Steam | In My World Game
Skills and mindsets that students can cultivate today, like curiosity, imagination, open-mindedness, persistence and growth mindset, prepare them for STEAM careers. Work together to design a game that explores many paths to STEAM careers.
STEAM | Steps to Success
Developing 21st century learning skills helps young people prepare for the careers of tomorrow. This activity involves imagining and sketching work in the future and making personal connections to careers in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Together, discuss what future workplaces and jobs might look like and how skills and interests could lead to steam careers.
Writing Art | Hand Drawn Selfies
Self-portraits are images that look outward and inward. In this activity, everyone will create a hand drawn selfie to explore self identity and experiment with what represents the person that others see
Moved by Math | More or Less
When you draw pictures, your art shows what you think and feel. In this activity, you will create drawings of what you see outside your window. And, with some help form number sentences that use addition and subtraction.
Writing Art | Celebrate and Honor
Art and writing offer us opportunities to celebrate traditions and honor those who have made a difference. In this activity, everyone will create a sculpture and write an accompanying tribute plaque to celebrate someone in their family or community.
Moved by Math | Follow My Code
Math and art are at the core of technology and digital communication. In this activity, you will create sculpted characters and draw visual codes that direct movements around a dance floor.
Moved by Math | Draw a Code
Ancient people drew symbols on cave walls to tell stories. Today, visual communication is everywhere. In this activity, you will create unique stories made with pictures, your own visual code.
Celebrate Strengths
In this video, students will create a hand-drawn selfie, using words and symbols that celebrate their personal strengths.
Social and Emotional Learning | Everyone Has Feelings
You build social and emotional skills by thinking about what other people feel and recognizing feelings in yourself. In this activity, you will create a book that illustrates a variety of feelings.
Social and Emotional Learning | Buddies Keep Me Company
Traveling in pairs can be double the fun, in this activity you will create and trade buddies to learn how to see situations from others' points of view.
How Can Details Energize Stories?
When you look and listen carefully, details inform what you see and hear. In this activity, you will write a story using adjectives and adverbs, then create an illustration that shows what happened next.
What if Objects Told Stories?
In this video, students will explore an old object, then sculpt their own and develop a story based on fact and fiction.
Let's Read Art
Using SEEK questions helps us to discover and learn about the world – and see art in new ways!
Respect Diversity
In this video, students will view a piece of public art, then create a sculpture or mural that values diversity and celebrates the positive contributions people have made to our world.
Social and Emotional Learning | Gifts of Kindness
You learn about responsibility and kindness by focusing on what you can do to help others.
Stories Need Personality, Place, and Plot
In this video, students learn how place and plot can shape a character’s personality.
Accept and Learn From Mistakes
In this video, students will interview an elder, then create an illustrated postcard that shows what they learned about mistakes helping people to grow.
How Words Make People Feel
In this video, students will create a mask that reveals how other people’s comments make them feel.
Let's See Your Thinking
By inviting us to think in new ways, and see how different ideas are connected, idea webs help us build brain power!
Finding Fascinating Problems
Our brains like questions, movement, and visual exercises. In this activity, students will research and illustrate how the brain works when actively engaged in finding and solving fascinating problems.
Moved by Math | Foot Traffic
People measure all types of things every day: distances walked, sizes of clothing or a room, quantities of food and time for cooking. In this activity, you will trace your feet and cut them out to use as non-standard measures, then create pictographs to represent the data you collect.
STEAM Teams Wear Many Hats
Collaboration helps us see problems from new perspectives. In this activity, children will learn about the Boston Molasses Flood and ask STEAM questions to solve the mystery.
Imitate Nature's Solutions
Nature solves problems in surprising and inventive ways. In this activity, children will create a biomimicry card game and think about the ways in which nature can be imitated to solve real-world problems.
Engaging Fully
In this video, students will rewrite and illustrate a classic story to make it more inclusive.
Cause and Effect
Looking closely at art helps us imagine a story and predict how it could change. In this activity, you will use a piece of art as a story starter – then predict what could happen next.
Let's Be Creative
Art is a great way to share your thoughts and feelings with others – but how does someone be creative? By following four steps: create, present, respond, and connect!
Teams Pitch Solutions
Children form STEAM teams that work on fascinating real-world problems, design solutions, and then pitch their ideas to others. They build skills in articulating points of view, embracing others’ ideas, and finding new ways to collaborate.
Kindness and Belonging
In this video, students will plan an adventure with friends, assume leadership roles based on their strengths, and think about how they would welcome a new team member.
Trust Each Other
In this video, students will create an illustration with a friend or classmate about an important topic, like Energy and the Environment, then trust each other to give and receive constructive feedback.
Let's Build Stories
Whether we start with a personal experience or by looking at art, when we ask questions, we build stories. Your imagination helps bring the characters, setting and plot to life.
Let's Explore STEAM Teams
New inventions and improvements are almost always made by teams – innovation is a team sport! This video will explore how STEAM teams work collaboratively to solve problems.
Let's Look and Sketch
Observing helps us connect what we see to what we know and want to know. In this activity, you’ll make sketches to learn about the patterns, shapes, colors and lines we see in nature.
Moved by Math | Visual Symbols
Visual symbols are everywhere, helping us find what we need, identify locations and communicate with others without using words. In this activity, you will learn about the power of simple images by using shapes and lines to design original symbols that others can count on.
STEAM | Design Innovations
Designers and engineers create new products by identifying unmet needs. Then defining, exploring, and assessing solutions. This activity uses the IDEA Design Thinking Process to re-imagine and improve items used every day at home, school or in your community.
Let's CREATE Relationships
The ways we interact with and talk about others can CREATE positive productive relationships. Let’s learn about the CREATE Relationships tools!
Moved by Math | Math Path
Art helps us to understand math ideas as we observe, talk about and sketch what we see. In this activity, you will sketch outdoors and use multiplication to turn your draft drawings into art filled with patterns.
Writing Art | Change Poems
Poetry helps us explore our inner selves and see the self we show others. In this activity, you will write poems that describe who you are and how people change.
Moved by Math | Prices and Percentages
Combining art and math can help you understand prices and making good choices. In this activity, you will create a collage of images that will help you understand the difference between what you want and what you need. You will need: markers, scissors, a glue stick, paper pad, picture frame, optional recycled newspaper for store flyers.
Let's Write With Intention
When authors and artists make art, they intentionally make decision – and the Intentional Writing Framework can help you create art too!
Ask Deeper Questions
Asking questions helps turn curiosity into inquiry! In this activity, children will learn more about different types/ levels of questions by creating an Inquiry Ladder and challenging themselves to think about bigger, essential questions.
Extend Expectations
In this video, students will create a personal plan mobile that represents the relationships, interests and paths they will take in the future.
Moved by Math | Math and Me
When we use art to weave math into stories, we make it fun and memorable. In this activity, you will use your imagination to create art that adds extra noses, eyes, and maybe even animal features to people. You will need: washable markers, crayons, paper, blunt tip scissors, and a glue stick.
Moved by Math | Harvest Hunt
Drawing and sculpting helps us to understand math ideas. In this activity, you will learn about sorting and multiplying by creating an imaginary garden full of 3D fruits and vegetables, and use them to play math games
Moved by Math | Order it Again
Shapes, lines, sizes and patterns are all part of math - and art. In this activity, you will create characters with modeling clay, then put them in order in lots of different ways. First to last, shortest to tallest, biggest to smallest.
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