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The yellow, box (above) leads me to the subject of polyhedral crayons. Non-round crayons are sometimes offered as a solution to the problem of crayons rolling off restaurant tables. And sometimes the triangular shape is cited an ergonomic, early childhood writing benefit.
The trapezoidal CrayAngles™ crayon box above is the perfect shape to accommodate 3 triangular crayons—(the additive primaries: red, green & blue). A different shape from the trapezoidal boxes we looked at last week—this box is a trapezoidal prism.
They also have blue, triangular boxes (at top) which accommodate 4 triangular crayons—(the psychological primaries: red, green, blue & yellow). Those boxes are a lot like the Toblerone close-packing, triangular prism boxes.
Other brands also offer the triangular crayon feature. P’kolino packs them efficiently into a round tube, taking advantage of the fact that triangles will close pack. Crayola does not let the product geometry influence their triangular crayon packaging, although they do cite a “tripod grip” as a product benefit:
“…Crayola Beginnings Washable Triangular Crayons, the perfect crayons for kids learning to write and draw. The triangular shape guides little fingers toward a tripod grip to help develop writing skills.”
(Hexagonal crayons, after the fold…)
P’kolino also makes Hexagon Crayons which they pack in a square box.
Hexagonal crayons, it should be noted, are nothing new…
…on the other hand, tetrahedral crayons (below) are fairly new and no, they are not pyramid shaped.
Disappointing package. Although tetrahedrons will not quite close pack, they do come pretty close. Not to have let the product geometry guide the package structure in this case, is a missed opportunity. (The graphic design is also depressing.)
Interesting that, as far from pencil-shaped as these are, TriWrite still claims that their tetrahedral crayon “Encourages Proper Writing Grasp.” If that is true, then I wonder whether a writing with a rock wouldn’t encourage good penmanship, as well?
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