We all know and love the 24-crayon Crayola box, with the red-violet and violet-red that sound almost the same but really aren’t. And there are far more colors out there. Crayola has rolled out more than 200 colors since their start in 1905: metallics, neons, and shades like Mango Tango and Fuzzy Wuzzy. Better yet, in 1993 they launched the first color named by kids, “macaroni and cheese.” Red and blue aren’t quite as exciting, but we still can’t live — or draw — without them.
Wee ones: See if you can find 4 red things in your room. Now try to find 3 blue things. For which color did you search for more objects, red or blue?
Little kids: If you have 2 of those 4-crayon packs that restaurants give out with the kids’ menu, how many crayons do you have? Bonus: If you have a new box of 24 crayons and start using the yellow-green first, how many crayons are still fresh and pointy?
Big kids: If you take a new 24-pack of crayons, peel 1/2 of them to rub them sideways on paper, and leave another 9 crayons to melt in the car, how many fresh pointy crayons are left? Bonus: If 203 Crayola colors exist, how many of those are not in the awesome 72-crayon pack?
Wee ones: You looked for more red things.
Little kids: 8 crayons. Bonus: 23 crayons.
Big kids: Just 3 crayons, since you peeled 12 and then melted another 9. Bonus: 131 crayons.