Product Type: Crayola Art / Craft
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There's a lot of colour alright, and it lasts as long as an explosion.
Crayola Color Explosion Multicolor
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Crayola Color Explosion Multicolor
Date: 14/10/12, updated on 14/10/12 (56 review reads)
Advantages: mess free colourful pictures
Disadvantages: a bit boring really, once you've seen the trick, you lose interest after a couple of pages.
I became aware of the Crayola range of magic art kits through gifts from my Mother in law when she visited the kids. She bought them a magic colouring book and a painting version. I then bought the kids a Toy Story colouring book each as they were Toy Story obsessed at the time, so that one was popular, so I decided to get my youngest son the colour explosion one as a little present last Christmas. The recommended age on this is 6 plus, but I always feel with this sort of thing if you can hold a pen sensibly, then you are ok to use this, so though he was only 3 and a half at the time, I did feel he was old enough to play with it.
The set comes contained in a plastic bag, which I found I needed a pair of scissors to cut the top of the bag, as I know from previous experience that you are best trying to keep all the bits together. I don't know if it is just my kids, but I have to keep pens and pencils under my control otherwise they end up everywhere and then the dog tries to make a feast out of them.
This set didn't come with too much to keep an eye on. There is an 18 page colouring book and 2 chunky black pens that are designed to use on the special paper in this book. The last page in the book was a stencil sheet with various pictures on it. You had to tear this out of the ringed binding to be able to use it, and I found that this was not really thick enough for my smaller child to use. He has used stencils before from a young age that are plastic, but this time the stencil just kept getting bent and frustrating him.
We had a little bit of fun initially drawing onto the special black paper and seeing a brighly rainbow coloured picture appear from the page, but overall, it was something both my kids were tired of after a few very quick pictures, and the book is still half completed now. If you shut the book while the picture is wet, you find that some of your colour is transferred to the back of the page before, and kids are not the most patient of creatures so most of their efforts are a bit smudged and not that impressive. I don't know if they didn't enjoy it as much because they preferred the structured colouring pages from the other colour magic books we tried, but whatever the problem was, it was just not as popular as their other books and once they had seen the magic trick they lost interest and moved onto more shiny things.
While it is not terrible, and an older kid with better drawing skills might get more out of it, this was distinctly average for my children, and they are the sort of kids who are always colouring for themselves on little bits of paper. It's something I could persuade them to use again for 5 minutes if they were bored, but they never ask me for this. Once out of sight, they can't be bothered with it.
The only upside is that you can create colourful pictures with minimal resources and mess, so it is the sort of thing I might buy if we were about to go away and I needed to take something with me to entertain them on the journey. For around £5-6, it is certainly good enough value for what you get, but I could buy two kids magazines for the same sort of price and entertain them longer.
Summary: Not the best colour magic set from crayola. I recommend the colouring book ones, but not this.
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