Heroes & Heroines Love What They Do!
July is Heroes & Heroines month and we kick it off we a story about Edwin Binney in The Crayon Man. Binney loved people and he loved nature - the colors of nature. His great-granddaughter, Sally Putnam Chapman, wrote
"My great-grandfather Edwin Binney was a gentle, kind, and generous man. A passionate lover of nature, Grandpa Bub rarely chose to be indoors, preferring the woods, the wind, the sea, and of course, his much beloved Crayola flower garden, from which he cut and carried bouquets of color to his office each day."
Why do I think Edwin Binney is a great hero to share with your children?
He was curious. He was kind. He was a great listener to others' suggestions and ideas. He was persistent. And because of these character traits, Binney created one of the all-time best art tools for children! He also built a large park for his community and made sure Crayola factory workers kept their jobs throughout the Great Depression.
Heroes are not just those who accomplish great feats. Heroes are also those people who are generous with their heart, time and resources!
Making it Real
The Crayon Man is a wonderful picture book to share with any child who loves to color and Deep Space Sparkle has a delightful mini-lesson with techniques for using crayons - Getting Creative with Crayons.
If your child finds coloring with crayons a bit blasé, check out a clip from a Mr. Rogers Neighborhood episode, How People Make Crayons. Or 36 Things to Do with Crayons for Kids and Parents by Hands-On As We Grow.
The Stories Matter
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