Crayola(R) Website offers ways to involve children in Easter and Passover festivities

    TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - Children's creative energies can be directed to
making gifts for others and helping parents decorate for the upcoming holiday
celebrations, instead of focusing on receiving gifts and treats for Easter or
Passover. The Crayola Canada website ( has dozens of project
ideas that children can undertake alone or with the help of parents, teachers
and caregivers. Often all that's needed is the usual types of supplies around
the house-construction paper, paper bags, paper plates, aluminum foil, coffee
filters, cotton balls - and the child's favourite Crayola art supplies.
    Company coming for dinner? Get your children to make colourful placecards
by writing the names on folded pieces of new Color Explosion(TM) White paper.
    Children can design their own gift wrap and gift tags using Crayola's
just-released Twistables(TM) Markers that twist up and then seal tight when
twisted down - without caps - or the new Flip-Top(TM) Markers with tops that
swivel up and over the barrel. Then with the help of Crayola's online Card
Creator, they can make special occasion cards for family and friends.
    The website has ideas for making Bunny Gift Bags to hold eggs, candy and
treats or Matzah Holders to hold unleavened bread for the Passover Seder. The
projects only need glue, markers, coloured pencils (like Crayola's ultimate
new Twistables(TM) Erasable Coloured Pencils that never need sharpening),
paper products and yarn.
    What grandparent wouldn't be proud to receive a hand-made gift of Long
Stemmed Lilies, decorated with Crayola oil pastels and coloured pencils or a
vase made with Crayola Model Magic(TM) and painted with watercolours?
    To amuse themselves, Crayola suggests ways for children to create a
Fluffy Bunny Puppet or an Eggs in a Basket game that doubles as a table
centerpiece. The website also contains a host of printable activity pages for
colouring and creating - for Easter, Passover and every seasonal special
    The Crayola Canada website has pages of colouring and crafts; games and
fun for children of all ages. Parents/caregivers and teachers are welcome to
sign up to receive regular newsletters with new season-by-season ideas to
encourage their children's creativity or they can use the Search Engine to
find literally thousands of tried and tested crafts and activities plus
classroom curriculum.
    "We are pleased that thousands of Canadian families regularly take
advantage of the ideas posted on the Crayola website," states Crayola Canada
spokesperson Paul Zadorsky. "It has been carefully designed with fresh new
ideas to challenge children's creativity and imagination. Developing
children's artistic and creative skills from an early age has been proven to
give them confidence, not just with schoolwork but also with problem solving
and long-range learning."

    Crayola has been a world leader in art supplies for over 100 years. The
company produces annually nearly 3 billion Crayola crayons, 540 million
Crayola coloured pencils, 425 million markers, 90 million sticks of chalk and
1.5 million jars of paint - sold in more than 80 countries around the world.

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For further information: Carol McDonald, (905) 875-1795,

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