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Crayola are a brand we've come to know and trust in this house. We buy cheap arts and crafts bits from time to time and wind up disappointed quite often. With Crayola, we're rarely disappointed and products usually work well and last for ages. That's why we keep going back for more I guess! When I spotted this pad of 'Art Framers' in our local Home Bargains for only 29p, I knew I had to snap some up for the grandson. He loves arts and crafts, especially drawing, and he likes his Crayola too. He also likes all three of the themes included in the pad, so I knew he'd be thrilled with this - and he was.
The pad is basically just a drawing pad which has 'framed' pages in it. Each piece of high quality paper is framed with one of three designs. The idea being, obviously, that when children have drawn a picture inside the frame, it can go on the wall or the fridge and look like it's a work of art. It's a sweet idea though really what you're buying here is a novelty item - something a bit different for the kids to draw on for a change. It's not some amazingly innovative product that's worth replacing standard, cheap paper with.
The designs included are an underwater design, a dinosaur design and an arctic design. I think a bigger variety would have been nice for other children, especially as the themed frames could help to inspire more detailed pictures than a child would usually draw. With the pad only having three designs, children have only got three inspirations. The illustrations are very high quality, as is the actual paper. You can tell at a glance that the pages have been professionally printed and not done on a home computer or similar. The colours are bright, the animals are happy and the general feeling you get from these pages is positive.
The grandson has really enjoyed making use of my bargain-buy, but I have to say, that this was a one-off novelty purchase. The full retail price for this product is £2.49, and I don't think a 30 page pad of any paper is worth that much. I think I might have been willing to pay £1.49, but that extra pound profit on top just can't be justified in my opinion. At the end of the day, it's easy to make your own frames with kids at home. This product is a convenience and a novelty - and one that I don't think I'd pay for at full price if I'm honest. Recommended if you get it for a better price than the RRP only.