Crayon Rocks – #MadeNAmerica Sponsor Spotlight

Barbara Lee is the inventor of Crayon Rocks.  She has been teaching children with special needs for 23 years.   Barbara invented Crayon Rocks after being inspired by Jan Olsen, OTR, and the Handwriting Without Tears program. From that she learned how important it was to develop early a good tripod grip.  Handwriting skills depends upon this.

Since a child’s first writing tool is usually a crayon, that crayon should be one that encourages him or her to use thumb, first and second fingers in a tripod grip.  This is what makes Crayon Rocks a wonderful tool for fine motor development.  My two year old used to just make a fist around her crayons, but these crayons make the tripod grip come naturally.

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A really good crayon should take very little effort in applying great swaths of color to the paper.  In fact, that crayon should be as much like paint as possible.  Great colors that go on smoothly and easily, helping little fingers to grow strong as they spill their creative ideas on to paper.  These crayons draw wonderfully.  The only issue my daughter has had is with the grey crayon because she thinks it “doesn’t work” on white paper.

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Crayon Rocks started life in La Crescenta, California but in 2011 they decided that it was time to make the move to rural America.  Made in America, with American labor and American grown soy wax.  They found a beautiful house on top a beautiful hill in an Amish community south of Hestand, KY.  Can’t find Hestand on the map?  That’s because there’s nothing there!!

Hop on over to the Made in America Giveaway for your chance to win your own Crayon Rocks!

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  1. Rebecca Wood

    I learned that Crayon Rocks are used by occupational therapists to help develop fine motor skills!

  2. What an awesome idea! I really want to check these out for Shane :)
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  3. I learned Made in America, with American labor and American grown soy wax
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  4. Chelesa Sims says:

    I love how they help children develop their fine motor skills

  5. Stephanie Hungerford

    I love that these encourage the them to use their thumbs

  6. designed to strengthen the tripod grip muscles
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  7. I kid you not, my daughters would love these! They love coloring…and they’re 21 and 19!
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  8. All natural soy wax crayons! Great green crayons!
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  9. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I learned they are “made from USA grown soybeans and are colored with mineral pigments”.

  10. I learned that they are good for children with cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delays.

  11. that she did them from her experience working in the OT field…
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