Crayola sell packs of Multicultural Skintone Crayons to include all children
Colouring was always one of my favourite things to do as a child.
I remember there would often be arguments in class over who got to use the 'skin colour' crayon next. It wasn't a problem for me as I never felt I had enough pigment in my skin tone to be considered peach.
I've known many adults who said they had a similar experience growing up. They never felt that they were the 'skin colour' crayon. But now children don't have to worry anymore. Because skin tone comes in more than one shade, now so do Crayolas.
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
I have no idea how long that these crayons have existed but it was a real 'I was today years old' moment when I discovered them.
The crayons come in eight hues to help reproduce the variety of multicultural skin tones. The colours include apricot, black, burnt sienna, mahogany, peach, sepia, tan, and white.
Feeling included is an important part of helping to build a child's self-esteem and something as simple as being able to draw yourself the same as the rest of your friends can really make a difference. I think it's a wonderful idea and I hope that they start to appear in schools alongside regular Crayolas.