Crayola Makes Getting Ready 4 School FUN! (a giveaway)

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 7, 2009

I know I’ve mentioned before that my favorite part of preparing to start school every year, is getting our school supplies in order. Well, Crayola wants to help us beat the stress by sharing tips and creative ideas to make this back-to-school month more fun!

Every Tuesday night, this month, Crayola is sponsoring #gno, on Twitter, to bring you the “Crayola Creativitycast.” This week I happen to be on the panel, and I’m excited to be part of the discussion on how creativity helps you build and strengthen relationships.

Crayola CreativityCast

Join us and tweet the night away with other moms, Crayola creativity experts, and get great ideas to help you prepare for the best back to school ever for your kids!

How it works:

Every Sunday through Tuesday, through the end of the month, you can RSVP for the party by clicking on the RSVP post on There, you can include your Twitter URL in the link list and see the list of other #gno gals. (If Mr. Linky is not showing up, go ahead and leave your Twitter URL in the comments, which offers #gno gals the opportunity to follow and be followed all in one place.)

Visit each Monday for more information and a custom Tweet Grid for that week´s event, and on Tuesday nights, tweet using the hashtag #gno and #crayola and join the convo. #gno participants will also have the chance to win great prizes.

Every week through the end of the month we’re also giving away a Crayola Creativity Pack, here at From Dates to Diapers. Each Crayola Creativity Pack includes the back-to-school list staples like 24-ct. Crayola Crayons, 10-ct, Crayola Markers and 12-ct. Colored Pencils and some of the new, innovative, affordable variations on these classics.

Crayola Creativity Pack

Here’s how to enter to win this week’s Crayola Creativity Pack:

  • Leave me a comment here, before next Friday (August 14th), with some tips of your own… maybe share how you nurture creativity in your kiddos, or ways you help your kiddos express their love for others in creative ways.

For additional entries, leave a comment upon completion of each of the following:

  • Follow me – @YoungMommy – and @Crayola on Twitter.
  • Tweet this, up to once a day, leaving a comment for each tweet :: Crayola Makes Getting Ready 4 School FUN! Enter 2 win #crayola creativity pack & join our #gno chat this wk :: #D2Dgvwy
  • Become a fan of From Dates to Diapers on Facebook.
  • Grab my button and place it on your own blog.
  • “>Subscribe to From Dates to Diapers.

You´ll be excited to find that Crayola is helping to stretch those back-to-school dollars even further this year with a lineup of school tools that are priced under $9 (with many of the school list must-haves like the 24-ct. Crayola Crayons and the 10-ct. Crayola Markers priced under $1.00 at retailers nationwide). But more importantly, what makes your investment go even further is the investment you´re making in your child´s development. Giving your kids the tools to power their imaginations doesn´t have to be expensive.

To learn more about these and other great back-to-school products, check out

See you on Tuesday!

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Joyce August 11, 2009 at 12:55 am

We love using everyday items to create our crafts or games. Recently, we used those individual cereal boxes to make our own matching/memory game. My daughter also loves to do homemade thank you cards when we receive gifts.

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Becky S. August 11, 2009 at 7:38 am

My daughter recently found out about water color. She loves painting. Its so much fun to watch her paint a picture. And she loves to color I just bought a big pencil case from walmart and put all her crayons in in so now she can get to all the colors easily.

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Donna August 11, 2009 at 9:00 am

I have always encouraged my daughter to write, draw and color. She is almost 16 years old and still has coloring books, crayons, markers, colored pencils, and still colors on a regular basis. She loves to write and draw and has tons of pens and pencils, notebooks and drawing pads. She loves Crayola products!

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Kerrie Mayans August 11, 2009 at 11:58 am

I have a cabinet in the kitchen that is just filled with art supplies and I let the kids color or make projects while I am in the kitchen cooking dinner

Annette August 11, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I nuture creativity by participating in creative projects with my kids. It’s tough, because I’m the least creative person I know! Thanks!

Melissa Barnes August 11, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I have always bought my kids crayola projects since they were itty bitty with the no mess finger paints and markers. I also like to have them make gifts for people and draw creative pictures.

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trin August 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm

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Char August 11, 2009 at 6:14 pm

I am following you and @Crayola.

When we were cleaning out my Grandmother’s attic we found a whole box of old stationery, some sewing notions and old post cards. My kids have been creating their own works of art from that box of goodies all summer.

Dana Hammell August 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Nothing better than a new box of crayons

Rosey August 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm

We nurture creativity in the kids by taking them to the library in the Summer where the reading program has weekly crafts. We also read children’s magazines, and do crafts depicted in them. Highlights is a great magazine for getting craft ideas that are easy, fun, and age appropriate.

Kerrie Mayans August 11, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I keep art supplies in a separate cabinet in the kitchen and have the kids sit at the table and make projects while I am cooking dinner. We also love to make projects to hang on the walls and fridge

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Andrea August 12, 2009 at 11:11 am

We’re creative by having lots of fun things to be creative around and asking often to do them. I let my kids doodle, etc whatever they would like. It’s a lot more fun that way.

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ktanjatk August 12, 2009 at 1:54 pm

No kids here, but when any of my nieces or nephews come to visit I make sure that we do some fun creative project! Drawing, painting, collage, sculpting, photography etc. whatever each of them like to do the most.
We often make nice gifts for their moms and dads :)

ktanjatk August 12, 2009 at 1:55 pm

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leighanne b August 12, 2009 at 1:56 pm

I just encourage my daughter to do what she wants when she colors and express her self

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Dddiva August 12, 2009 at 1:58 pm

We’ve always encouraged the kids to make their own gifts, cards from the time they can scribble with a crayon to whatever their imaginations can come up with in any medium as they get older.

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Leah Orgel August 12, 2009 at 4:25 pm

I love to provide lots of different mediums for expression. I also let her see me draw/create and solve problems.

Kimmie F August 12, 2009 at 6:34 pm

We love to make the grandparents their own card for their birthday or to color a picture. The kids love to do it and the grandparents really appreciate them.

autie August 12, 2009 at 7:17 pm

It’s fun to cram unique stuff and scraps into a box and then pull it out for creativity!

Erica Mueller August 12, 2009 at 7:39 pm
Christie August 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm

One way is to buy those large rolls of butcher paper or even brown paper towel rolls, commercial type that are sturdy and coarse and use them as cheap paper for kid’s projects. You do have to keep the rolls under security so the kids don’t waste them all at once. The rolls give kids the opportunity to have long “canvases” for drawing projects, like a BIG comic strip or a racetrack or whatever their imagination can come up with.

Beth August 13, 2009 at 1:44 am

We use different mediums – construction paper, paint, marshmallows and toothpicks, etc. Then we fram and hang the delightful work on the wall to praise them! It’s also a bunch of fun, just be ready to clean. :)

Mishia August 13, 2009 at 2:46 am

We hae themed art night once a week. one week it may be crafts and the next week, painting

Erma August 13, 2009 at 3:47 am

My kids love arts and crafts and try to do something new every month.

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Kim H. August 13, 2009 at 10:11 am

I always have plenty of art supplies around the house. I even buy canvases for them to do actual artwork on. We have a place in our house to hang all the pictures like in a gallery. It is very inspirational for them.

Tonya M August 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm

My kids are getting older but I find simply having all the supplies available really helps. I always encourage by making sure they are given huge kudos for their efforts.

Molly K August 13, 2009 at 12:46 pm

My son makes his own birthday cards and thank you cards. We have done this since he was little. He used to just scribble on them but is now starting to be able to write his name on them. Everyone loves them and I know it’s teaching him great things.

Lisa August 13, 2009 at 2:10 pm

We encourage lots of arts & crafts activities in this house, I try not to worry about the mess because it fosters creativity!

Sara August 13, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I keep crayons and paper handy in my purse and around the house often to nurture my two-year olds artistic skills. This morning she was drawing big circles saying, “Look Mommy! Ladybug!” Love it!

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Lisa August 13, 2009 at 2:14 pm

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Marie August 13, 2009 at 3:59 pm

I don’t have to do much to encourage creativity in my kids, they are both very creative. I just keep a handy supply of supplies, mostly Crayola products, and the space to be as creative as they want.

Marie August 13, 2009 at 4:00 pm

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brooke August 13, 2009 at 6:46 pm

I’m always looking for “crafts to do”… sometimes it’s building something out of old boxes or just coloring on paper… I try to let them color outside the lines but remind them sometimes you have to color inside

vivian August 13, 2009 at 8:21 pm

go to art openings and museums ty.

Kelsey August 13, 2009 at 8:35 pm

We always make our own greeting cards, and we make our sunday dinner menus with construction paper and crayola markers. We do many other arts and crafts as well

shana mills August 13, 2009 at 10:48 pm

I love my son being creative ! He is not even two and loves to color paint draw glue everything !! This would sure be put to use by my little artist !

checkers August 14, 2009 at 1:17 am

Well my only good and meaningful tip would be to get and stay organized when it comes to ‘back to school’, have color coded bins in each childs room so they stay organized or by the door when they leave with their school work, papers, books, supplies, lunch bag, etc

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Paula Harmon August 14, 2009 at 2:25 am

I always leave out a big supply of paper and notebooks and the kids draw/color everyday. I also sit down and draw alot with them, when I was a kid I wanted to be a cartoonist, so I love to draw.

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Shelley Mitchell August 14, 2009 at 5:49 am

My daughter loves to draw and color. She is actually really good!! She would absolutely love it if we won this. Thanks!

Randi August 14, 2009 at 7:10 am

I ahve 5 kids during the day. We love to color, draw, and paint. They range in age from 3 to 7, but art is something we can all do together.

Tammy August 14, 2009 at 7:41 am

Our daughter is 13 and if you ask her what she wants for a gift, it is almost always art supplies. The girl is constantly drawing and designing both on paper and on the computer using graphic design programs. We encourage her by giving her ideas on what to draw, taking drawing books out of the library and using art programs to enhance her skills.

Tammy August 14, 2009 at 7:42 am
Greta August 14, 2009 at 8:15 am

My son loves making pictures for Grandma and Grandpa. He is only two but he loves to color and use stickers. This would be wonderful!

Nadia August 14, 2009 at 8:21 am

We use the crayola modelling clay with cookie cutters and then my boys have painting them with the craola paint. It’s a great project to work on together

Cathy M August 14, 2009 at 8:21 am

My husband and I always were on the floor with our children, engaging in pretend play.

Jennifer S. August 14, 2009 at 8:30 am

Tip for easy clean-up – Give each child a tray to do their projects on. It will keep crayons, markers or other small pieces from rolling away!

Linda August 14, 2009 at 8:31 am

Both of my kids love to create art! I have an array of supplies to make things and they love cutting, gluing, painting, coloring, etc. My son has even won painting contests at his school..he is 9.

Linda August 14, 2009 at 8:32 am

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amy delong August 14, 2009 at 8:48 am

To let my kids be creative I give them markers/crayons/paint&blank papper the rest is up to them


Becky August 14, 2009 at 9:13 am

My kids will actually color and/or draw a picture for ANYONE..I think they have pictures hanging up/down the east coast.

Candie L August 14, 2009 at 10:02 am

When my children want to do things messy, I let them. I figure it does not hurt them in any way. THank you

Amanda S. August 14, 2009 at 11:17 am

I encourage my kids to make gifts for Christmas, birthdays, etc.

Emily August 14, 2009 at 11:19 am

My son loves to paint so for his dad’s birthday, I gave him a huge piece of poster board and paint. First, he used a brush. Then he moved on to finger painting. By the end, he was painting with his toes!

Maja August 14, 2009 at 11:57 am

my son loves to draw and paint superheroes. he has so much fun.

Mellow Mama August 14, 2009 at 12:58 pm

My son is almost 3. And his favorite thing to do is to choose an activity from this big basket of art supplies. So my thing is to choose an aspect from nature and to make art with it. This week it’s rocks. We’ve painted rocks. We’ve glued pebbles onto paper in weird designs. We’ve melted crayons into rock shapes. And today it’s making pet rocks for each member of the family. He loves it and I love making sure he is exposed to the endless possibilities of imagination. I’m a big creative nerd myself so I get to enjoy it too ;)

Thanks for providing the giveaway. :) And I’ve enjoyed reading the entries. :)

susan smoaks August 14, 2009 at 1:01 pm

we are very creative, we like to draw and paint and make songs up.

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kathy pease August 14, 2009 at 1:08 pm

we love making paper ornaments for the tree in bright pretty colors

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Sandy Perez August 14, 2009 at 1:32 pm

I have 5 kids and all of them love to draw it is a big part of them they are always drawing for friends and family. It fun to watch the older one teach the younger ones on how to do this and that.

Sandy Perez August 14, 2009 at 1:35 pm

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Melanie C August 14, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Thanks for the great giveaway.. my grandson would love this!!!

Miranda Allen August 14, 2009 at 2:20 pm

WE save scraps of paper for the kids to draw on..

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