Product Type: Crayola Art / Craft
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not quite an explosion but still quite effective
Crayola Colour Explosion - Rainbow
Member Name: pammyj
Crayola Colour Explosion - Rainbow
Advantages: great idea, keeps kids intrigued and creative, something different
Disadvantages: black ink can come off onto their hands
Crayola Colour Explosion was a quick panic buy for a present for my son's friend's 7th birthday. It caught my eye on the shelves of Tesco and was on budget of my £5 birthday present limit. (£4.99)
I think that you cannot go wrong with a creative present as most kids love to make things and even if he had already had one of these it can be there for when his other ran out.
Thankfully he had not got one.
As I had never bought one before I was a bit concerned as to what exactly it was. As you open up the shiny colourful pack that it comes in you then have a pad with the same similar design as the front of the pack which has 20 blank black pages and 2 pens with the name explosion on them with white nibs. You also get a page of stencils such as trees, animals, patterns. These are for inspiration to create a great background for your little ones great designs.
Now for the clever part. These pens when drawn onto the pages bring out the rainbow colours that are below the black pages. It does take a few seconds for the colours to appear and you don't know what colour you are going to get but that's all part of the fun.
The pens do not work on normal paper as they actually dissolve the black ink on the paper to reveal the colours underneath.
My son and his friend sat at the table with this book for about 45 minutes which is a long time for my son as he is not normally into drawing and colouring but this captured his imagination. They both sat there and were drawing on each half of the page and when that page was done they then turned over to the next. They loved using the stencils and creating patterns and writing their names.
I can remember doing the same think with colouring a rainbow of colours and then painting black over it, waiting for it to dry and then scraping off a design to reveal the colours underneath, this book is just an easier and quicker way of getting that effect.
It does state not to get the book wet as the black covering could run and you do need to wash your hands after use as the black ink on the page did come off a little bit onto their hands.
My only niggle is that they could be used up quite quickly and once they have used up all the spaces on every page then that is it so if you have a child that will just scribble on each page and be done in 5 minutes then maybe it won't be a cheap option.
I have seen this product in most supermarkets and stores like Wilkinson and WHSmith so it is widely available and I definitely recommend it. I will certainly be buying this again for when we go on holiday to keep the kids amused without having any mess.
Summary: a book of hidden colours
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