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I love doing crafty things and since having my daughter, I have been determined that she will enjoy doing them too! When we were at a friend's house, I saw these Colour Wonder pens and colouring books and loved the iddea that they wouldn't make a mess as I was fed up of cleaning crayon off the sofa... Next time shopping, I looked at the books but then saw the pack that had the stamp pad and rubber stamps instead and thought these would be great. I got these for my daughter when she was just under 2.
---About the range:
Crayola state that their aim is to 'believe in unleashing the originality in every child'. They create mainly colouring related products so that children can show their creativity through colouring. Other products show how colours work through toys. There are several products in the colour wonder range but all of them share the concept of 'mess-free' colouring.
The product came in a cardbaord box containing a Crayola Colour Wonder colouring book, 5 pens, 3 rubber stamps and a stamp pad. The colouring book has an underwater theme and contains 18 pages which each have black outlines depicting a different scene. They mainly try to put the lines near the edge of the paper to give a large area in the middle for creating your own masterpiece using the stamps and the colours. Some of the scenes include submarines, divers, treasure chests and sea beds. The packet in the photo says you get 6 stamps but you actually only get 3. Our set contains a smiley crab, a fish and a shell all on green plastic handles. The ink pad is in an orange box with a clip down lid and the pad is clear in colour. This cost me £9.99 which seems to be a standard price for the item.
When I gave these to my daughter she was very interested in it all. She loves drawing (well scribbling really), and was excited to have new pens. The pens were hard for her to open on her own as they clip shut quite securely which was annoying as I had to open them for her every time she wanted a new one. She was a bit confused by the ink pad and stamps as the stampers she has at the moment are self inking so she doesn't normally use an ink pad. That said, she did grasp this concept very quickly after I showed her what to do. She can't open the ink pad on her own but I am pleased about this as I don't want it drying out.
Now that she has got the hang of using the product she mainly prefers using the stamp pads and stamps. It takes a while for the colour to come through on the paper (these come through as black) and she is a bit impatient waiting for them so tends to stamp the same image all over the place; mainly on top of itself! The ink on the stamp will normally allow two full images and them it just stamps bit of images all over the place. The same thing happens with the pens in that she will happily scribble for a bit, but then it takes a while for the colour to actually show through. She therefore gets quite impatient and will go back to the stamps or will just give up and play with something else.
There are other products in the colour wonder range including other colour wonder books and markers such as Disney princess, Cars, Toy Story; learning books such as letters and numbers; posters and markers; packs of markers; and glitter paper.
Much as I love the concept of this, I dislike the time delay when using the product. I know my daughter is below the age range, but as she is at the age where she wants to draw on everything, it would have been a very useful item to have in our craft box. We've had it for about two months now and although my daughter still goes back to this item on a regular basis, it does not get played with for long. It might be better for an older child as they might be more patient, but I would hope (!) they wouldn't need the mess-free part of this product quite as much. I will be perservering with this product, but for the moment I am only giving it 3 stars as it was quite expensive and the time it takes for the colours to come through is too long.