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When my daughter got to about 13 months she developed a love of drawing. The first thing I bought her was a set of Crayola First Markers however I regretted this decision soon afterwards as even though they were washable my daughter got pen everywhere. At the time I was looking for an alternative in Asda they didn't have any crayons suitable the nearest thing for her age group I could find were these pencils. The cost around £3 for a box of 8 pencils. The pencils come in a box which when opened contains a plastic tray which holds the pencils. The pencils are described as being easy grip and bright and vivid in colour. They are suitable for children 12 months and over. When I opened the pencils I was thrilled with the design. They are the same length as normal pencils but twice as thick. Each pencil is a pale brown colour and has little animals printed all over it, the colours are as follows; a black sheep, a green frog, a brown monkey, a yellow duck, a red lion, an orange pig, a blue elephant and a purple cow. My daughter immediately loved the lion and the monkey as at the time she had just started learning animal noises. The nibs of the pencils are rounded and large which is great for little ones as there isn't a risk of them poking themselves in the eye or anywhere else. The pencils are great for toddler hands my daughter can comfortably hold them without the worry from me that they will snap as she is quite forceful when colouring as toddlers are. The pencils are also easy for mummy to colour with. I was worried the pencils wouldn't mark very well however I was plesantly suprised to find they mark the paper with ease and the minimum effort. The colours are really bright and noticable. Due to the design of the pencils as well even when they have been thrown the nibs haven't snapped or broken. It doesn't state on the box if these pencils are washable and my daughter thankfully hasn't tried to write on anything with them. At the time I bought the pencils I hadn't considered a sharpener and for the first few weeks there was hardly any wear on the nib. The pencils are a strange size too big for conventional pencil sharpeners and too small for my jumbo eyeliner sharpener. I looked on Amazon and saw thay reviews for these pencils complained about the expense of a sharpener costing more than the produc. However on a trip to Asda I found their own make sharpener which is 99p and has 2 holes one karge one small fits the pencils perfectly. I don't sharpen them much as I don't want sharp ends so a quick twist is all they need. We have had these pencils for 6 months now and there are about 3/4 of the pencil left. We alternate with these and crayons at home. I would recommend these pencils as they are such a lovely design. The animals on each pencil are recognisable and add a nice touch. We love these pencils they are robust, hardwearing and great value. I would buy these again.
I bought these jumbo pencils over a year ago for my budding artist who was then aged two and a half. Up until that point she had mainly scribbled with chunky crayons, but as her drawing skills improved I decided to look for some good first pencils. I bought these in Rymans, and in retrospect I realise I paid over the odds at £3.49, but they were just what I was looking for. They can be bought more cheaply and at the time of writing are available for £2.09 on Amazon.co.uk. They come in a standard cardboard box with plastic tray. I couldn't say how well the box would last as it was instantly discarded by us and the pencils put in a pencil case. There are eight pencils; red, orange, yellow, blue, green, purple, brown and black. Whilst the colour choice is sufficient, I'd like to see a larger set available. My daughter has commented on the absence of a pink pencil and I think a lighter blue and a couple of shades of green would be good. The colours are vibrant and make smooth, well defined strokes on paper. There's no need to press hard to achieve results, but young children will put a lot of pressure on anyway, so first pencils need to be sturdy. The main selling point of these pencils is their size. Babies hold things by grasping with their fists, but as they develop into toddlers they learn to use their thumb and two fingers, (called the tripod grip), with smaller items. Put simply, thinner items are more difficult to grasp and control than fatter items, so toddlers can get frustrated by standard pencils and will find larger crayons and pencils easier to handle. At roughly twice the thickness of a standard pencil the fat hexagonal shaped barrels on these jumbo pencils make excellent gripping practise for little hands. Their thickness means that as well as being easier to grip they are also unlikely to snap or have the insides damaged if thrown about. Thick pencil lead, (actually made from non-toxic graphite and clay), also means that they can take more use than average before needing to be sharpened. They seem a bit softer than thinner pencils, although this may just seem to be the case because the surface area is bigger. Once sharpened, the ends tend to round off well, rather than being sharply pointed. A large sharpener is needed for them, or alternatively, a knife, which is what I tend to use. They are described as 'decorated pencils' which refers to the fact that there are animal pictures along the stems which tend to relate to the colour being used: eg; yellow ducks on the yellow pencil, frogs on the green pencil, monkeys on the brown and of course purple cows (?). This could be said to help with some sort of colour recognition/association for little ones, but I doubt it. My little one has never commented on the pictures to my knowledge, and while I'm sure she is aware of the greenness of frogs, I doubt she would entertain the idea of a purple cow. Still, the pictures give them a nice appearance. The age on the box is 12m+, under this age children are unlikely to be able to use pencils with any real degree of control. Once they are able to do so, colouring is one of the most creative and absorbing activities for them to explore. Children learn a lot from simply colouring in, amongst other things, it helps with colour recognition and hand-eye co-ordination. I like to give my daughter blank pages to colour on as I feel this gives her imagination free reign in comparison with colouring books. My daughter can now draw well with thinner pencils but continues to use these alongside them and I imagine she will do so until they are used up. Crayola have been around a long time, since the nineteenth century in fact. They began life as a US company, although the Crayola brand was only introduced in the UK in 1973. I consider them to be a trustworthy brand and would expect that their products are well tested for safety. The wood for these pencils is sourced from renewable plantations. They belong to the 'Crayola Beginnings' range, which contains products aimed solely at toddlers. Advertising blurb says they will "help to develop your toddler's motor skills and self-expression." My daughter got to grips with them straight away and has used them often over the past year or so. Her drawing skills have certainly developed and she can draw much more advanced pictures now than she could a year ago, but obviously it's impossible to say how much these pencils may have contributed to her skills. Children develop rapidly at this stage of life and my daughter uses several other media to make pictures with; paints, crayons, a drawing board, chalks etc. She has certainly enjoyed using the pencils though, and does seem to favour them over other pencils and crayons. My daughter's pencils have been used a lot. They are still in use and have lasted very well. For durability and 'colour-ability' I'd give them full marks. The size and shape makes them better for toddlers than standard colouring pencils. They cost a little more than standard pencils, but are worth it as they are excellent quality and will outlast cheaper pencils.
Crayola are a reputable and trusted brand, they produce a wide range of high quality art and craft materials at competitive prices to suit children of all ages that are non-toxic, safe, and durable. Children learn so much from creative play, and colouring is an activity that can be enjoyed from as early as 12 months of age for most children. Early introduction to colouring promotes self expression, colour recognition, and cognitive development, as well as developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills; it is also a great activity that builds on a child's confidence as well as improving their concentration. The use of bright colours boosts a child's visual senses, and getting creative with crayons allows a child to use their imagination. Colouring and drawing is an important skill, as learning how to grasp and manipulate a crayon is the basis for learning how to write. Little ones begin with wax crayons and once they are confident and they have learnt how to grasp and manipulate crayons, then, they are ready to progress onto the next stage of writing instruments which are, of course, pencil crayons. Once my son was old enough for a box of wax crayons he happily scribbled his way through them all, so I had a look to see what pencil crayons were available to give him more variety. I thought the pack of eight Jumbo pencils would be a good starting point, as they were chunky and would be seemingly very durable to withstand an over enthusiastic toddler. Coloured pencils designed for toddlers need to durable to be able to stand up to rough treatment as children of this age have not learnt how to be gentle with their toys. Chunky pencils are easy for a child to grip and they are less susceptible to damage when clanked together, or dropped as the thick casing provides extra protection to the lead. The card box houses 8 jumbo pencils which are contained within a plastic tray which easily slides out to keep them together. As well as the primary colours you are also provided with a yellow, orange, brown, black, and purple pencil all of which are brightly coloured. They are produced to a high quality from wood from renewable plantations. The pencils may be jumbo, but they are created with toddlers in mind, as the hexagonal shape and the thickness makes them easier for little hands to grip. Not only that, the barrel of each pencil has pictures printed onto them that are associated with the colour of the lead within which is repeated over the length of the pencil, this will encourage children to make the animal noises and talk about the colours, so they are more fun than regular pencils. The animals are simple in design with a frog, lion, duck, elephant, sheep, pig, and a monkey for your little one to discover. The pencils are suitable for high pressure as they contain soft thick lead which will not snap or crumble easily; the nibs can be depressed quite firmly as they are resistant, making them the perfect colouring tool for toddlers. They don't wear down too quickly considering they are applied quite firmly to the paper, a large sharpener will be needed and they sharpen with ease. As the leads are thick they are smooth even when sharpened, making them safer for toddlers. My son has been an avid scribbler since he was introduced to crayons, so I knew that he would enjoy a new drawing experience with pencils. He was delighted when I presented him with the pack of pencils; he wasted no time in opening the box and taking them all out. He was intrigued by the animals; he sat looking at them for a while before he started on his first masterpiece. The crayons are easy for him to hold and manipulate, he soon created a colourful explosion on the page. The colours are nice and bright and the pencils glide across the paper with ease. We have coloured many pictures with these and the black pencil is perfect for drawing an outline for my son to colour over. You can also try to recreate the animals on the paper for your little one to draw as they are quite simple, so not only is your child learning how to draw and colour they are learning about animals too. My son often looks at the pictures which promote conversation as we talk about the animals and make the noises. We have had these crayons for 6 months and they are still in great condition and they have lasted really well. My son is 31 months of age and like most toddlers he is quite boisterous with his things, these pencils have been dropped on numerous occasions, and they are clanked together as he likes to takes them in and out of the box, he is quite heavy handed with them, they have taken all the abuse and I am surprised that they are still intact with no damage to them. They have proved to be excellent value for money as they have had a lot of use out of them. These are ideal for introducing your child to pencils, and for preschoolers too, they will far outlast cheaper variations. They would also make a nice present with a book. They may seem expensive at £2.99 for a pack of eight pencils, however, they are of a high quality and they are durable, there are enough colours for a little one to choose from and they will not break as easily as cheaper variations may. To see other products from the Crayola range you can visit their website, where you will also find free colouring pages to print and colour. www.crayola.com
~Introduction~ I received this set of crayons along with felt tips, in the range, for my 2 year old. I thought better than to give him the felt tips at his age, but thought he would like these. They retail about £3.00, I think, from most craft shops; Whsmiths, Argos and the like. The box says 12 months and upwards, but I think this is a little young. I think 2 is a great age and get the most use out of them. ~Positives~ The crayons come in an attractive cardboard-like packet which is easy to get into. Inside there is a plastic mould in which the eight crayons sit. It's great to pull this out and choose a colour and then can easily slide it back in the packet. The crayons are jumbo and a great size for little hands to easily use. The crayons are not too long either; I find with 'normal' colouring pencils they are often too long and cumbersome for little children. The crayon 'lead' itself is great, not yet have I had one of these crayons break off, you know like when the lead falls out the end. I rarely have to sharpen them either. The pencil lead is also quite thick and easily writes on the paper a bit like wax crayons, which is great for my little boy. There is no frustration when 'it won't work'! Each crayon has lovely animals printed along the side. Each crayon has an animal species the same colour as the crayon e.g. lion on the orange, frog on the green etc. Which is nice. The crayons are a nice wood; not plastic or those ones with the paper round them- which easily rubs off. I have often left them out in the sun (i know!) and the lead hasn't melted like wax crayons do! Which is great. Also my little boy has often drawn on the walls/floor/table in temper! They REALLY easily come off with a little water and sponge. Great! ~Negatives~ Quite soon the box they came in got ripped, it's not that sturdy and now we keep the crayons in a plastic box. There are only 8 crayons, the colours may be a little limited as child grows older. Other than that i can't think of anything! ~Conclusion~ Great alternative to wax crayons for little people, easy to use and store. Good design
I am a bit of an arty creator type person, crafting all sorts, from jewellery to cards to bags to baby toys to knitted scarves and blankets. Put something in my hand and I will create something with it! I am actively encouraging my son to do the some and we are always making something (although it does tend to be me making and playing!!). I recently bought him some crayons and pencils, paints, plasticine etc after he had so much fun 'making' christmas decorations. He is 14 months young so still very young to be creating Van Gogh style pieces, but nonetheless, starting him young, so maybe one day he will! Anyway, I paid £2.00 for these Crayola Beginnings 8 Jumbo Pencils at Asda. The Jumbo Pencils are one each of black, brown, blue, purple, green, yellow, orange and red. They are super chunky, sturdy and string. Each pencil has a repeated pattern of a different animal relatively relevant to the colour of the pencil i.e. yellow pencil is covered in ducks, green pencil is covered in frogs. Jake finds these easy to grip and fortunately points them in the direction of the paper rather than the walls (though I guess this will come at some point - arggh). We have no masterpieces as yet, just a few squiggles but they are very special to me. The pencils are strong and resistant to Jake trying to snap them. Boisterous little lad he is!! The Crayola Beginings range are aimed at 1 - 3 year olds and these Pencils are suitable for aged 12+ months. I am really chuffed with this buy and made up a cool goody box for a friends child with these, crayons and drawing paper as a gift, with which they seemed pleased. Check out the website www.crayolabeginnings.com for ideas
These are fantastic 1st pencils. my daughter started using these at approx 18 months. They are a really good size for little hands, not to long and not to thick to hold, each pencil has fun characters printed along the side in the colour of the pencil so children can quickly identify which colour they want. The quality of the colours in use is fantastic and range suitable for early colouring and I have found that you dont have to oversharpen them meaning that they last for ages. These pencils do sharpen really well, although it is worth remembering you need a large holed sharpen for use with these. Additionally, unlike other pencils, they dont break when kids apply too much pressure onto the nib. I have tried alternatives, however, we always return to Crayola due the quality of the product. I have also foudn that now the little one has started trying to write, she can get a more comfortable grip with these pencils as opposed to the thinner versions. Seeing as they are only priced at under £3, they are worth the money
I purchased a pack of Crayola Jumbo Decorated Pencils when for my little boy when looking for interesting stocking filler ideas for Christmas. They are currently available from Amazon at just £2.34 for a pack of eight pencils. I was very keen to begin creative activities with my son and before Christmas arrived I gave into temptation and allowed him to experiment with them. At thirteen months of age my little boy drew his first ever picture, or to be a little more accurate, his first very colourful scribble. His work of art now sits very proudly on our fridge freezer. He is now just fourteen months of age and his interest in making scribbles has greatly increased. He gets rather excited when we collect these pencils and his colouring pad from the bedroom. He will shriek loudly as he attacks the paper with several pencils in one hand and proudly inspect the patterns that he has created. His last masterpiece was created for nanny and granddad. After each attack of scribbles on the page he promptly gave the paper a big sloppy kiss. These kisses were visible as mouth-shaped smudges of colour and as his grandparents agreed, made the picture all the more special! Crayola beginnings Jumbo Decorated Pencils are packaged in sets of eight. They are positioned on a small plastic tray and situated in a very simple cardboard box. The box displays the Crayola logo, a little information and a cut out window enabling the pencils to be partly visible. Each pencil is made from wood and decorated with colourful pictures of animals, a different animal on each pencil. For example the yellow pencil has ducks along it and the blue one is decorated with pictures of elephants. It was this detail that initially attracted me to this product. The pencils are very sturdy and the nibs are rather thick. The colours in these pencils are bold and bright, just as children's pencils should be. This product is suitable for children from twelve months upwards. I would fully recommend these pencils as a first set for any child who likes to be creative. I am sure that my son will get plenty of use from these as he grows older. They are strong, durable attractive and encourage your child's imagination.
Jumbo Pencils are perfect for young children to use for colouring and drawing. Especially created for small hands, the larger size barrels allows children to grip the pencil more easily and are hard to break.