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My daughter loves colouring and drawing (and recently writing too). When she was younger we used to stick with crayons as they weren't as dangerous, didn't go blunt/need sharpening and were chunky. However nowadays she prefers to get creative with coloured pens and pencils. She had a 'craft box' full of rubbish quality colouring pencils - half of them with broken leads and the other half which had to be pushed down with almighty force just so you can see which colour they were! I decided to get rid of the lot and replace them, especially since my daughter now uses her craft box for important stuff such as school work and card making!
Part of our stationary revamp involved a pack of 12 Crayola Coloured Pencils which I bought from Tesco about 6 months ago. They cost about 2.00 which I think is a reasonable price. They are available in most supermarkets, stationary shops, toy stores etc. They also come in a bigger pack of 24 and 36, although the smaller pack is fine for us - there's plenty of colours and they are easy enough to take out and about (plus less to lose!). They come in an attractive yellow cardboard box, which we still keep them in.
Colours include sky blue, red orange, black, yellow, brown, pink, white, orange, red rouge, green, yellow green (light green) and violet. All of the colours are bright and strong. All of my daughters drawing and colouring needs are covered by the colours in this set. The only colour she doesn't use much is the white. Each pencil also has the name of the colour written on, in case of confusion. The tips are relatively thick and nicely pointed which are perfect for making strong lines when drawing and writing. They also allow my daughter to easily stay inside the lines when colouring in. They produce smooth colour laydown and they don't require any extra force to bring out the colours.
The pencils are about 6 inches long and quite thin, although strong (none of them have snapped or broke under the force of my daughter's hand!). They come pre-sharpened which is handy and seemed to last a while before my daughter had to begin sharpening them for herself. They are very smooth which enables my daughter to comfortably hold them and ensures they are easy enough to sharpen (the lead has only broke off a couple of times when sharpening). The pencils don't appear to have an age range, I think they would be best suited for children over 3 years (for the reasons I already listed above). There's no reason why adults couldn't use them either. My daughter has been using her pencils regularly for 6 months and they are still in great condition and very long. I expect they will be in use for a long time to come. She seems very happy with her new pencils, especially compared to her dire old ones (cheap pencils and freebie pencils from restaurants just don't compare!) and neither of us have any complaints.
Overall I am happy to recommend these good quality colouring pencils to all.
Crayola are a well known brand of children's pencils/crayons and educational toys. The produce packs of colouring pencils in 8's, 16's or 24's. They did used to produce a jumbo size pack but I'm not sure if that is still true (edit: just checked, you can get packs of 50). The pencils come in a distinctive yellow box with the yellow and green Crayola logo on them, very well known to people in the UK and the USA (where they are produced). I regularly use these with my class that I teach and have to say they are my favourite of all colouring pencils.
==What I like==
The thing that draws me into Crayola is the diverse range of colours that you can get. Why have one red pencil when you could have three different shades? There is a gorgeous range of colours that allow you to colour in pictures beautifully and they have a really vibrant look about them. The pencils are also smooth on the outside and shiny so they look really slick when you colour in with them (I'm sure kids wouldn't care, but as an adult, I do tend to think of these things!). Each pencil is embossed with the word Crayola on them and usually the name or shade of colour of the pencil. The crayons are really lovely to colour in with, you don't have to press hard on them to get a nice colour out of them, the harder you press obviously the darker the colour, but you can get wonderful tonal effects from the crayons just by the amount of pressure you use. I know most crayons can do this, but I happen to think Crayola do it best. Also you can blend colours together and they blend together really well, it must be something to do with the formula of the crayon lead. The crayons sharpen really well and you don't typically have to sharpen half the pencil away before you get a decently sharp lead in the pencil.
There is very little that I don't like about Crayola pencils. They are good value and good quality. The only thing perhaps would be that you can buy pencils cheaper than the price of Crayola but buying them online tends to mean that they are much cheaper than in the shop and due to the quality they are well worth the additional price.
Of all the pencils I have ever used for colouring in, Crayola are the best for me. I do like Lakeland pencils too but they are quite hard to find in the mainstream and a bit more specialised for artwork rather than children colouring in. Overall these Crayola crayons are a greta buy for adults and children alike.
I bought my Crayola colouring pencils around five years ago now and have used them many times for just general art usage in my spare time to GCSE art and I actually still use them now. Something I think that everyone should own is a pack of colouring pencils due to their versatility and here is why you should buy these Crayola colouring pencils as opposed to any others.
---MY PRODUCT ---
As this review covers all Crayola colouring pencils I would just like to say that then pencils that I own are the pack of fifty that can be bought off of amazon now for £5. They are apparently suitable for ages 3+ though I believe children should start to draw at the earliest possibility.
Before we get to the actual colouring pencils I would just like to talk about the brightly coloured cardboard packaging that they come in. The cardboard is brightly coloured and has a handy hook if you want to hang it up. (Though few pegs could stand the weight of fifty colouring pencils). There is also a very handy cut out in the front of this packaging that allows you to see the colouring pencils inside and their shape and colour before you buy them.
In my product there are fifty pencils all of different colours which allow you to have just about every colour that you will ever need. Most of the colours are very bright and vibrant but there are duller colours as well giving you the whole colour palette. The pencils round and about 17cm long. Okay they car roll off of a desk due to this shape but they are very comfortable to hold for all sizes of hands which is a huge advantage over other pencils.
For the more experienced user these pencils actually merge very well so from an artistic point of view they actually perform really well. With the fact that they also have a very hard to snap centre these pencils last a very long time, are easy to sharpen and are useful for all ages from very young to older people who have more art experience as they really do change colour with the amount of pressure you apply to them.
I would definitely recommend these colouring pencils for anyone as they are very good for the money and don't carry a hefty price tag but do carry a lot of value and are some of the best colouring pencils that I have ever used. The only comparable products would be professional artists colouring pencils which cost around twenty times as much or more. These pencils are available in many idfferent sized packs for everyone to have what they want.
I love doing craft activities with my daughter, we now have a big box full of different craft supplies for such occasions. One of the favourites things my daughter likes using is colouring pencils. We have a pack of 12 Crayola colouring pencils.
~* Info *~
We purchased our colouring pencils as part of our weekly grocery shop in Asda, I think they cost us around £1.50 but you could probably find them cheaper online from places like Amazon. They are suitable for children aged 3+ but my daughter was one when she started scribbling with these.
~* Packaging ~*
The pencils come in a brightly coloured cardboard box in the typical Crayola colours of yellow and green. There are 12 pencils in this pack and all have a different colour. They are mostly bright colours with only three musty colours which are light brown, dark brown and black. The pencils are about 17cm long and are round in shape.
~* In use *~
These pencils are of a fantastic quality, just as you would expect from Crayola. The coloured lead isn't very easy to break like you find with some cheaper pencils and are easy to sharpen. Some pencils you find take a lot of sharpening to get a nice point so a lot of the pencil is actually wasted but that isn't the case with these, one sharpen and it's perfect. The actual main part of the pencil is comfortable to hold, and although round, my daughter hasn't had any trouble getting to grips (so to speak!) with these.
When the colouring pencils are in use the colour created by these is bright and easy to see, unlike some where you have to push down hard to see any sort of faint colour. The bright colours can help children identify the different colours, and my 2 year old will go through each colour with me as she uses different colours, so not only are these fun, they are educational too!
~* Overall *~
I'd definitely recommend these colouring pencils. The quality is excellent and although they cost a little more than other pencils I think they are worth it!