Product Type: Crayola Art / Craft
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Crayola Colour By Number 6 Mini Markers
Member Name: hlb2009
Crayola Colour By Number 6 Mini Markers
Advantages: good idea, good quality
Disadvantages: bit too much detail in some pictures
Our house is being taken over by Crayola products! We have always found them to be very good, we have only had one disappointment so now that it's the summer holidays Hope and I have been buying lots of things to help keep her entertained but in a creative way as possible so she can learn. I bought her this colour by numbers set recently from Amazon for just £2.55 which I think is a very good price to pay just for the colours alone!
What you get
Within this set you get pens and pictures. I was originally looking at painting by numbers but when I saw you can get colour by numbers I thought they would be more appropriate for her age and also less messy. I find that paints can end up every where and it's more of a big clean up operation after Hope has used them. She also has less control over a paint brush and so she would be better at colouring in smaller pictures using pens rather than paints so this looked ideal. Within the book there are 16 pages with a variety of pictures to colour in. These range from pictures of fish to of planes. There is a variety for both girls and boys. Some pictures have very small details to colour in like the patterns on the fish and so this may be difficult for some to be able to stay in the lines but it is at least a challenge I suppose! You get 6 pens in total which have numbers clearly marked on their sides. These pens are: red, blue, yellow, brown, green and orange. The pens are kept in a little plastic package on the front of the book which is very practical.
What you do
This is a really easy concept and one I remember learning when I was little, I really enjoyed painting by numbers. Each picture has numbers in the various parts of them and those numbers match up to each pen. The idea is that you colour in those areas the same colour number as is on the pen. At first Hope found this really difficult to understand and she grew frustrated as she just wanted to colour in, she didn't want to follow instructions and got a bit upset so I let her colour but then eventually she came round to the idea and with some encouragement and help she got the hang of it and enjoyed it.
Hope found it hard to adjust to not just being able to freely colour away and would sometimes argue that a different colour would look best and she would get a bit upset. It made me wonder whether this was actually as fun as it was meant to be, it's no good if it upsets a child! Also some of the parts to colour in are very small and Hope really struggled to stay within the lines especially because the nibs of the pens are not very thin so it's hard to actually colour in finer details in a precise manner.
The pens are quite chunky so good for them to hold, Hope hasn't had any problem getting a good grip and colouring away with them. They are also really clearly marked with the number and the colour on which is good so she can easily see which pen she needs. She began to find it quite fun trying to spot the colour she needs and would quite happily show me that she had chosen the right one. She did however grow quite bored of it after a while and wouldn't play with it for very long I think probably because it required more concentration than she wanted to give it and would much prefer to just colour away like normal without having to follow instructions.
One of the reasons for me buying this was to help Hope recognise her numbers. When she left preschool the only comment that was negative on her report was that she needs to build confidence in number recognition so I hoped that this would help her. The idea of having to look for numbers and then find them on the pen was one which I thought would help her and I do think it has. The numbers do only go up to 6 so it's not overwhelming and daunting for her so it made it much easier for her to spot the ones she needed.
She has also been trying to learn to have better control when holding the pen and to colour in more neatly which is really important as this will help her when she has to make her handwriting neater too. This will also help children to concentrate and be focussed when colouring instead of just idling scribling away. In Hope's case she didn't really enjoy this concept but it is definitely something which can help a child and prepare them for when they enter school.
These pens are very good quality and they washed off Hope's hands very well. I think just for the pens alone I would quite happily pay that price. Hope has used these pens a lot in the last few days and has used them in lots of her colouring books and they remain in good condition. They are nice and bright and easy to use so they are great. The book has good quality paper and the pictures are a nice variety. I do like the concept of this and think it's a better choice than painting by numbers for someone of Hope's age.
The only problem with this is that for someone like Hope it can lose it's appeal quite quickly as they don't want to have to follow rules whilst colouring and want to be more free which I can understand really. I think perhaps the pictures should be a little more basic or some smaller options so that it's less daunting and challenging for a young child.
The recommended age is 3+ which I think is slightly young given the level of detail and small areas to colour on some pictures. If it's aimed at such young children then the pictures should be more basic.
It is a good idea, it just needs a few tweaks and then I think it would capture Hope's attention better.
Summary: it's pretty good