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Since having children, I have become a complete sucker for any new product that will keep my brood entertained. No longer can we pop to a restaurant for lunch.just taking ourselves, instead we are weighed down with backs full of stuff to keep the littlies entertained while we shove the food down our necks as quickly as we possibly can.
I have bought loads of different products, some have been reasonably successful and others have been comlete failures which have ended up in the dustbin. One product that has proved to be completely fab however is this Crayola Colour Wonder set. My girls love colouring and while my big girls now understands that felt pens have to be used with care, my little girl usually ends up making a real mess with them. While I am pretty easy going about this at home, when we are out and about I can not allow her to use them.
This product is a fantastic alternative. The set includes a ring bound colouring book, 6 colouring pens, and a sealable net back to store the pens in. The pens however are not your standard felt tips, instead the pens only work on the special paper in the colouring book. They will not mark anything else therefore they will not cause any embarissment if staying with friends or eating out at a restaurant.
It really is brilliant... all the fun of colouring without any of the worry of the mess. I think that this is the perfect toy to keep in the car and to be brought out when needed and also perfect for holidays. I wouldn't let my scrumster use it as a regular colouring as these sets are rather pricey. They do seem to really vary in price depending on where you shop and I have seen the price ranging between £3.99 & £8.99. I would suggest looking out for them in the supermarkets as they sometimes have them on special offer.
So to sum up, this is a great addition to my collection of 'things to keep them entertained' and actually allows me to enjoy a relatively peaceful meal.
My daughters aged 5 and 7 love anything to do with arts and crafts but unfortunately for me the youngest still hasn't grown out of drawing and painting on anything she desires which is why we have a wonderfully colourful carpet in her room that used to be cream.
I usually only allow them to have felt pens in the kitchen and only when I am in there supervising them as they are so much easier to remove from tiles rather than wall paper. Crayola have developed a fantastic range so that I no longer have to worry about this problem and can leave the children to colour unsupervised any where in the house.
This set retails for £4.99 at Morrison but I was lucky enough to be able to take advantage of there buy one get one free offers on the crayola sets a few months ago.
It comes in a foil bag very similar to the style of bag you get when you buy the lucky bags. Inside the bag you get a 30 page colouring book and 6 felt pens to draw with.
This set is recommended by crayola for children aged 3 years and over which I think is a good age range as they are a the age where they no longer try to eat the felt pens,
As I have said previously my children love to do anything creative so really enjoyed this set as they were given the freedom to colour without me constantly nagging at them to not get it on my walls or furniture as the felts only work on the colour wonder paper so no mess for me to tidy up and these really do work as my younger daughter was very disappointed when there was no blue felt on the settee after she tried to draw me a picture on there.
They are a bit on the expensive side but if you can get them on offer then it is better value for money and the amount it has saved me in clean up jobs is unbelievable.
You can buy extra pads from the crayola web site to go with these pens once your paper has run out as well.
My daughter received a few packs of these colour wonder pens and books for Christmas and in my eyes they are a good send and have saved my cream walls from disaster.
Colour wonder pens and books are made by Crayola who are a well known company for manufacturing crayons pens and accessories. They produce a huge amount of different arts and craft materials. Crayola have really taken the world of colouring to the next level.
Colour wonder animals book contains around 30 pictures and comes complete with 6 different colour pens. The great thing about this range of products is that the pens are mess free. They only work on colour wonder paper. So there's no need for you to worry about your walls and furniture getting covered in pen.
The tip on the pens is clear and show now colour pigment. Once you use the pen on the paper it'll take a second or two for the colour to show up on the paper.
All the colours are bright and vibrant and really make the pictures look great.
I myself truly thing these are the best products for your child to colour with. You don't need to worry about them getting it everywhere. They are great to take to relative's house as you no need worry about they getting their newly laid cream carpet covered in navy blue pen.
This book has not only amuses my daughter for hours on end but has helped her with her colouring skills and learning words, she can now tell me what most of the animals are and even what noise's they make These sets are suitable for 3 years plus but my daughter is only 2 and absolutely loves them, she is very artistic and her colouring skills have improved dramatically since having the colour wonder pens and books.
She is very proud once she has completed a picture and it all looks so neat, even though the colours are all miss-matched. This is because around the outside of the picture there is line where the colour wonder pens are unable to work past. These leave the finished picture looking neat and tidy.
There are many different books to colour in a few that we own include, Winnie the pooh, Disney princess, the princess and the frog and Toy story. These packs include 1 A4 book contains only 4 pens and around 18 pictures for your little ones to colour in.
You can even purchase smaller size paper sets which are great to take away with you or in the car.
Colour wonder pens and books are available from any good arts and craft store or toy store. Granddad got my daughter from Toys r us priced at £6.99 per set. I have recently seen them cheaper on eBay and Amazon.
This was something I bought for my 3 year old last Christmas. I came across them whilst doing a bit of shopping on Amazon and I thought they looked quite good, so into my shopping basket they went without another thought.
Made by Crayola, this Colour Wonder set is basically an A4 size 30-page colouring book full of various animals,and it comes with 6 different coloured markers. The important thing to note here is that the pens are very special pens...they don't make a mark on anything apart from the colouring book provided (or any other Colour Wonder book you may have).
The idea is very similar to that of those Magic Painting books that many of you may remember from when you were younger, where you just use a wet paintbrush on the pictures and see the amazing colours magically appear. I have always been quite disappointed with such things because the colours are often dull, and the fact that the pages usually start off grey really doesn't help matters.
Crayola Wonder is much more sophisticated than that, the colours are much brighter, the pages are white and the really great thing is that your child still gets to chose what colour they put where -the colours are not predetermined on the paper as they are in those Magic Painting books. The felt tips, although the tips appear white and will not mark any of your furniture or clothes etc, each have a separate colour, and they look just like normal felt tips. So your child is having a true colouring-in experience, but without the stress of an adult standing over them waiting to pounce if the pen accidently veers off onto clean clothes or freshly scrubbed woodwork, or even into the mouth which my youngest daughter seems to be obsessed with at the moment.
So when Christmas morning arrived, my little girls were sat opening all their presents, and this being quite a minor present compared to the growing mountain of noisy toys in the middle of the living room, it was cast aside without so much as a second glance. Then as the Christmas hysteria died down and the new toys found homes in the bottom of various toy boxes, we found a quiet moment and opened the Colour Wonder pack.
At first I was quite surprised to see how thin the pages were, but despite this they were pretty strong and I have not seen one torn yet so that's a good sign. My daughter was keen to get colouring straight away and I have to admit she did find it quite frustrating at first because when you start colouring, the colours do not appear instantly, it usually takes a few seconds for the pens to have an effect, and sometimes even longer (I don't know why this happens, sometimes it is almost instantaneous and other times it takes a few seconds or more).
So she was a bit flummoxed by this, as being only just 3 at the time it was difficult for her to understand the concept of the magic pens. So she did get bored very quickly and the book & pens were put away. That is until recently.
Over the last few weeks, this book has resurfaced and I am amazed by how much she has really enjoyed it, especially after her initial reaction. She enjoyed it so much that I actually purchased another set because she practically finished this one off.
Even though it is basically colouring book, it seems to have a more relaxing effect on my daughter than your standard colouring activities. I don't know if this is because it's quite difficult to make a mess with it so she feels like she is doing a really good job, or because the slow-motion of the colours appearing really mesmerises her (it certainly mesmerises me, I have been known to sit with her while she's been doing it, and then finish of her pictures when she has walked away, and I find myself moving onto the next one because I just cannot put the pens down...)
If she is bored or fed up, I can just say to her to get her Colour Wonder out, which she does, and then she is so content, quiet and busy for what seems like ages, that I am extremely pleased I ended up buying it for her. It's a true winner.
Despite my last sentence above, there are a few points that I feel need mentioning. Firstly, the colours, although bold, seem a bit muted. The red is not BRIGHT red, it's more of a maroon type red, the green is quite dull, the blue is quite dark, and the yellow is very pale. The purple however, is excellent. Secondly, some of the pictures of the animals are quite freakish, they are not your standard cartoon type pictures you would expect from Crayola, and they have quite a 'dark' style to them. But this has not really bothered my daughter, although she could not identify a picture of a goat because it was too darn weird.
So apart from those two minor points above, I can highly recommend this to anyone with children under the age of 5 (or even older because my 2 nieces (age 6 & 8) were quite happily helping my 3 year old with her new one over the weekend). It's good, mess free fun, and really keeps them quiet.
I know some of you may be thinking that an item such as this may hinder a child's creativity, or prevent them from thinking for themselves, or even slow down them in developing their pen control (they do not have to worry about going over the lines etc). But I think as long as they get plenty of use of normal colouring or drawing books, then a book like this is just a novelty and something for them to enjoy. And hey I'm an adult and I really enjoy it.
There are various Colour Wonder sets available on Amazon (including quite a few Disney ones - Cars, Princesses, Winnie the Pooh), and each comes with its own set of markers.
The Animals one is priced at £5.99 but other sets hover around this price.