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      15.12.2013 23:53
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      Well worth the extra money

      At one time I pretty much thought crayons were crayons, and we bought quite a few cheap sets from the pound shop etc... But I noticed the children always wanted to use either the Crayola crayons or a couple of other high end brands. I also noticed that the art work did come out better with better crayons, and when I started drawing and colouring some illustrations for my youngest own special books ( He helps me make the stories, and some are made using almost exclusively words from his other reading books) I really noticed the difference. For detailed artwork, Crayola really is the best.

      This category does not specify whether it is for Crayola Crayons in general or for the traditional slim crayons shown above. As dooyoo has other categories for most of the other types of crayon, I will assume this is for the traditional crayons, as pictured. The above photo shows the smallest possible package size. This box includes only a few basic colours. Personally, I wouldn't bother to buy this particular set on its own unless it was for a party with colouring in or a vacation. But I do still buy these once in awhile for one simple reason. This simple box contains the colours that get used up most often in the big set of crayons we have - brown, green, blue and black so it can serve as partial refill. You also get red, yellow, purple and orange, but you do not get white which is also used up more often than other colours. You can buy this box for £.99 pence as part of Amazon's add on programme, but only when spending £10 or more in total. This works out at roughly 12 pence per crayon.

      For most purposes I would recommend choosing at least the 24 pack of crayons. These can be bought for £1.99 with Amazon's add on programme, so come in a little cheaper at roughly 8 pence per crayon, but the larger set is more fun as well, offering a greater variety of colours, including white. There are several other size options including packages with 48, 64, 72 or 96 crayons. I prefer the 96 crayon box. Surprisingly Amazon has these listed twice. Once at £16.37 and once for £9.12, both with free Super Saver Delivery ( but you will need to spend a total of £10 or more). I bought mine from ebay for £8.99 with purchase price and post combined. Choosing the cheaper options - as you would be a fool not to, these still work out slightly more than the smaller packs at over 9 pence per crayon, but I do very strongly feel they are worth it.

      The 96 crayon set has a huge variety of colours and the children love this set. Unlike other crayons that may be dumped into a common tub, they always replace these carefully in their own box. The larger sets like these often have a couple of special colours. In this case it was gel crayons, but this may change. My sons enjoyed these, but I am assuming they did not catch on as I haven't been able to find them anywhere else. The huge selection of shades allows us to add far more detail to the artwork, and the thin crayons with sharp tips help as well. This particular box comes with a built in crayon sharpener as well.

      The only real drawback to these crayons is that can break. I think they are less likely to break than other thin crayons, but of course far more likely to break than the chunky crayons.We have not had any breakages in the current set - and we've had it since September, but the fact that these are thin means they will break easier than the thick and chunky crayons or the plastic twistable. I would never leave a very small child alone with these for fear of them biting off a chunk and choking. I also would not really recommend these for most children under age five as even pressing too hard can cause breakage, and younger children don't need the fine tips as much. But for older children or adults, I can't recommend this set highly enough. The points on these are far better than on the twistable products, allowing more delicate lines and all children seem to love having so many colours to choose from. If you are looking for a lovely small gift for boys or girls - I would strongly suggest considering these. Or, if you are just looking a smaller set to add to colouring books or a home made art kit I would consider the 24 pack. For some reason the 48, 64 and 72 count packages end up costing almost as much or more than the 96 crayon package, so unless you can find a retailer with better prices for the middle sized sets I would avoid them.

      I believe these do have better pigment than cheaper brands, meaning you don't have to press as hard to colour. This is a life saver with my hands, and even for my sons. It also means these don't break from pressing too hard. I remember when I was a child you could colour a bit of wax paper with Crayola, lay it face down on a T shirt, iron and have a beautiful do it yourself design. I've tried it with newer crayons though and it does not work as well anymore. You get a faint outline, which is grand if you want to paint it in, but even this will fade with a few washes. On the plus side, while not listed as washable I have found them to wash out easily in practice.

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      I save any old broken crayons though and these can make wonderful textured drawings by dipping the end in a candle and colouring, and like all crayons, they are fun to melt down to make coloured candles once they are past use as crayons. You simply pull the wick out of a long dinner candle and suspend it over a tin or jar. Then break up bits of the candle with other leftover wax and crayons of one colour and melt. Pour a small amount of wax into your jar or tin and then do another colour. We usually do about 6 - 8 colours but you can do any amount you like. I find doing the colours of the rainbow quite fun. Stonger colours like Crayola will yield a brighter candle with less crayons, but if you are melting cheap crayons ( and we have bags full of pound shop ones that don't colour) you just use more crayons.

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        01.11.2012 12:22
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        A good brand of crayon

        Whenever I buy colouring things for either my son or somebody else's child I always like to buy Crayola products or some other brand which I associate with being high end as I think they always last better and are just better quality. Over the years my son has had lots of Crayola crayons and this is my review of them.

        Crayola crayons don't really seem to have changed from when I was younger and using them to be honest. They come in packs of eight, twelve or twenty four from memory but I tend to buy the twenty four packs so you get more crayon for your money. They come in a cardboard pack which is green and yellow and to me really stands out as the Crayola brand which I remember from my own childhood. In the packs you get a good selection of colours to use and you will find there is probably a crayon for most things you want to draw in the selection.

        The crayons are a good size and come with a paper wrap which covers most of the crayon leaving just the tip exposed. Obviously as you begin to colour with the crayons you will eventually need to remove some of the paper so that you always have some crayon exposed for colouring with. The crayons seem pretty well made and so they don't snap easily as you colour with them which some cheap non branded ones seem to do which is why I like to avoid them as I cant be doing with half bits of crayons floating around in my son's pencil case. As you colour with these crayons you get good coverage and you don't have to press on too hard either as you do it so it means they are less likely to snap I think.

        What is great about these crayons is that I think they are perfect for younger children as well as older ones. The younger ones are able to hold them and have a good go at mark making on a page (and quite possibly a good go at chewing them too as all babies seem to like the taste of crayons for some reason!) whilst pre school children and older are able to use them to draw, colour and just generally be imaginative which is really nice to see as a parent. I trust the Crayola brand to provide products suited to my son's needs all the way through his childhood to be honest and this is why I will more often than not turn to them when I need products such as crayons, pencil crayons and felt tip pens.

        A pack of twenty four Crayola crayons can currently be bought from amazon for £0.98 and there is a £0.99 postage and packing charge and I think this is a really reasonable price for a well made, durable crayon which is suited to all children really in my opinion.

        Thank you for reading my review!

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        16.10.2012 09:07
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        A must for firework pictures

        I generally don't like crayons but my youngest daughter was given a packet of the Crayola crayons for her second birthday so she has been allowed to play with them on the condition she sits at the living room table although explaining that to a 2 year old is not the easiest of tasks.

        My eldest daughter has always loved arts and crafts and until recently my youngest daughter has had no interest however she has recently discovered how to draw and she now loves to be creative too.

        The crayons came packaged in a small bright yellow and green box which has always been Crayola's trademark colours even since I was a child. The box displays the Crayola name and has an opening at the front where you can touch the crayons although I'm not sure what the use of this is. The box isn't the best as once the crayons are out of the box it isn't very strong and ours has been flattened numerous times and since gone in the bin.

        Inside the box you find there are 8 different coloured crayons, the crayons are about 3 inches in length and each one is wrapped in a piece of waxy feel type paper in the same colour as the crayon and displaying the Crayola name. The colours you get are black, purple, blue, green, red, yellow, orange and brown so there is a great range of basic colours.

        The crayons are nice and brightly coloured however they aren't really all that strong and with a heavy handed 2 year old we have had a couple of the crayons snap as she has put too much pressure on them. I personally don't like crayons as I don't like the risk of them getting trodden into the carpet but my daughter really likes them so as long as she stays at the table with them I'm happy and since we have some crayons in the house we are going to make some firework pictures nearer bonfire night and paint over them with black wash.

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        15.10.2012 23:45
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        Good crayons but not a fave for us.

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        Craft crazy
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        This set of crayons was given to my daughter as a present about a year ago. The set comes in a small, bright yellow cardboard pack, and the crayons themselves sit in a sort of corrugated plastic tray. Even a year later we still store the crayons in the box and it is still in good condition, so the packaging is definitely pretty decent.

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        Bright colours
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        Inside the box are eight crayons in a range of colours, so there is pretty much everything a young one could need to create a masterpiece. The colours are reasonably bright, but when you use them for shading they do have that slight 'uneven' effect that is typical of crayons, I find! They are definitely more suited to the scribbles of little people than anything more creative.

        What I like about these crayons is that they seem to be pretty strong. Despite a fair bit of use over the year or so we've had them, only one has broken in half, and they don't seem to run down quickly either. They are quite thick which I think helps to stop them snapping, but they are not too thick to become difficult or annoying for slightly older children to grip.

        When using these to do colouring, they offer nice even coverage and the colours are bright and clear. They are fun and easy to use and compared to other crayons I have tried these are up there with the best!

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        However the negative for us is that my daughter definitely seems to like her felt tips better! Although she does use these now and then, she has always had a preference for pens so we have not got quite as much use out of these as I would have liked and, now she is three, I doubt she will be using them much more if at all.

        So a perfectly good set of crayons, but they haven't been a favourite in our craft box, and I would definitely recommend them for younger children who prefer to scribble than draw!

        These are available online for around £2-3 and are suitable for ages 12 months and upwards.

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          14.10.2012 22:17
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          great for creative fun for little ones

          One item I am always finding strewn across our flat in all kinds of corners of crevices are my daughter's crayons. Often broken in half and quarters I think she has close to 100 crayons! She absolutely adores scribbling everywhere as she is mega creative (I think so anyway!) and she really enjoys colouring in and drawing everywhere. This is the brand we always seem to buy as they are absolutely everywhere and really cheap because they are sold in our local 99p store.

          Crayola crayons are super as they are fantastic quality and a timeless staple piece of stationary for little ones. The crayons are slim, circular shape with a thin sheet of paper wrapped around the middle, so when you hold the crayon the colour doesn't rub off onto your hands. They have a pointed tip as to emulate the nib of a pen or pencil so this makes it easier to colour in or draw in comparison to a stump ended crayon. I find application on a piece of paper is easy and these crayons are ideal and easier to use compared to colouring pencils as there is no sharpening to do and the longevity of a crayon sometimes feels endless!

          They come in a wide range of colours which seems to be endless I think there are now over 50 shades! This is super, and the colour quality is long lasting but it can be a bit messy! My daughter took to scribbling on the walls once when my back was turned (insert angry face here!) and I did find it really hard to scrub off! I'm sure this means it isn't a cheapy product but I couldn't help but be annoyed. You can also buy washable crayola crayons but I am not too fussed so still allow her to play with the original ones.

          The age range of these crayons is for those aged 3 + but my daughter has been scribbling away with them since about 18 months. I think it is good and beneficial for creativity and development to allow children to play freely and experiment from an age when they can feed themselves, but of course with these crayons at such a young age she would only play with them with my supervision as I am oh so well aware that at that age the first thing little one's like to do is insert items straight into their mouths! I think even now aged 3 I like to supervise her playing with them as you can never really expect what they may do, and as mentioned before may take to drawing in places they shouldn't lol.

          Overall, I am a big fan of crayola crayons and believe all children should have some. When boredom strikes, sitting my little one down with a blank piece of paper and a pack of crayola crayons she has timeless fun drawing and colouring and it's so cheap and effective I can't recommend it enough!

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            14.10.2012 18:02
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            A good buy for children's creative play

            Crayola crayons must have been around for years - I remember using them when I was a small child 30 years ago.  I think they are the best crayons out for price and quality and I buy them for my kids.

            They are great for small children as they don't need sharpening as with pencils and don't end up with squashed nibs as with felt pens.  Children can be quite rough with them, and even if they break in two they are still usable.  I find that over time they all lose their paper wrapping, my kids tend to think its fun to pick it off!  Anyway, at some point I have to peel the paper down as the crayon itself wears down.

            I've found that some cheaper brands of crayons are very hard and the coloured wax doesn't transfer evenly to the paper, however Crayola wax is quite soft and easily transfers onto the paper without effort.  For my two year old son I do find the Crayola Beginnings, ie. the thick version of crayons without the paper on are often more suitable. He is unable to snap these and also we can colour with the crayon on its side and make a relief of his dinosaur stencils which he likes to do.  My five year old daughter is past this and likes to make "proper drawings" now.  

            I have a box for all the crayons and at various times I have bought different sized packs with different colours in.  They come in pack sizes of 8 for the Crayola Beginnings with the primary, secondary and black and brown colours and in the thinner original crayons I have bought packs of  12 and 24, plus a pack of 16 in metallic colours which my daughter absolutely loved,  there are only a few rather worn down ones of these left now.  The metallic ones do seem to be made out of a slightly softer wax and therefore wear down more quickly but they are really good for making firework pictures which we then cover with black paint, which the wax resists and the fireworks show through.

            When I was a child my parents bought an enormous set for me with every single Crayola colour imaginable, a bag of these survived and my children colour with them when we go to my parents.  The crayons are still as they were, so the wax obviously doesn't go off over time.

            Maintenance 
            I do "clean up" the Crayolas now and again by peeling down the paper wrapping and I also sharpen them from time to time with an ordinary pencil sharpener.  For my son who just scribbles sharp crayons aren't necessary but my daughter is starting to do much more delicate drawings and a sharp tip on the crayons do help with this.  

            Cleaning
            I don't find they get on clothes, well unless my kids actually try to draw on themselves, put luckily this is rare!  I have a plastic kids Ikea table for them to draw etc on and a bit of Jif and a damp cloth wipes the wax off.  I don't find the crayons get on their fingers, so in this way they are much better than paint or felt pens.

            Cost
            One 12 pack costs about £2, depending on where you get them, but I usually try to pick them up when on sale.  A 24 pack costs around £3-4.  The metallic ones are a little more expensive costing about £4 for 16, but I think they are worth it.  I think at some point I will buy a huge set for my children, I have seen them in 96 and 120 size packs for around £10-£12 and I think they even come in even larger packs than this and probably work out better value.

            Summary
            The best Crayons I have come across and my kids (and me!) love colouring with them.  They are a good size for little fingers to use and keep the children happy for hours.  I always keep a few in our going out bag along with a notepad as they are useful for keeping the kids quiet when we are on the train or having coffee/diner out.

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            12.10.2012 12:20
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            Crayola crayons

            I have been using Caryola crayons for years. I remember when I was young my Grandma had a huge box of these crayons at her house for us to play with when we came over. This was before the days of video games, well sort of, I'm not that old but it was always so exciting to play with these crayons as the box contained silver, gold and sparkly crayons as well as the other basic colours. We loved drawing with them and now my little girl loves making pictures and drawings with hers too.

            Crayola crayons have been around for a very long time. According to an article I read, "Crayola is a brand of artists' supplies manufactured by Crayola LLC (formerly Binney & Smith Company) and best known for its crayons. The company was founded by cousins Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith in New York City in 1885 as Binney & Smith. In 1902, Binney & Smith developed and introduced the Staonal marking crayon. Then Edwin Binney, working with his wife, Alice Stead Binney, developed his own famous product line of wax crayons beginning on 10 June 1903, which it sold under the brand name "Crayola." The Crayola name was coined by Alice Binney, wife of company founder Edwin and a former schoolteacher. It comes from "craie", French for "chalk," and "ola" for "oleaginous", or "oily."

            These crayons in my opinion are the best and only ones I will use. I have used other crayons in the past like the ones you get with kids magazines in order to do the crafts in the magazines but these crayons never really mark the page properly and are not that waxy and so you need to press really hard to get any colour on the page and its really hard for a little kid to do this. Crayola crayons are different. They are wonderful and soft and so you only need to press very lightly to get a bit of colour but then if you want dark bold colour you can press really hard and get a different effect out of the crayon. I really like that about these crayons as you can colour in a picture and make it look really good by using different stroke effects with your crayons and only a few colours.

            Crayola crayons have a bit of paper that is wrapped all the way around them. This makes them easy to hold in my opinion and they do not slip in your hands. The piece of paper also tells you what colour of crayon you have which is handy when it is a particular shade that you want instead of just green or just yellow. The name of the colour is written in English, Spanish and French which I like as this also is a nice way of teaching kids about colours and the way to spell them in different languages. The colours are all very bright, vivid and crayons are just a great way of bringing someones imagination to life and being able to draw a lovely picture with them.

            The box we have at the moment contains 24 crayons with just regular colours such as red, yellow, and green etc. Each crayon has a really nice sharp tip to it when it is new and of course you can sharpen them with a special sharpener when they become worn down. The crayons don't break easily, they are hard wearing which I like and stand up to a lot of heavy play from little toddlers.

            A great brand of crayons that I am very loyal towards.

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            04.10.2012 04:11
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            Great product that brings you back to being a kid and coloring out side the lines. Wh

            Being a parent to a girl that loves any thing arts and craft related crayons are a must in our house. They can be used for so many different projects that when we buy a box of crayons we see the art that they will create not the box they come in.

            We have the basic box of crayons with 24 different colors in the box they come all wrapped in paper listing their color on the side. My daughter loves this as she can see what she wants with out trying to compare the different shades of reds and greens and yellows.

            The box is the classic style that has become the norm for crayola Green and yellow. It seems that crayons have been coming in this type of box since I was a kid. I love how on the outside of the box they have listed out all the ways that they are trying to help the planet with their products. They use solar power to make the crayons and markers they plant a tree for every one that is used to make their colored pencils and they use recycled plastics in their markers keeping hundreds of tons of plastic out of the land fills. With a company that helps the earth as much as they do their products cant be bad.

            The crayons that are in my box are non toxic as the box states. Not that we have ever eaten them or wanted to but we have left one out and it was eaten by the dog, besides multicolored pooh he was fine. What we love about our box of crayons is that they can take a licking and keep on working. My daughter is not easy on crayons and she uses them and abuses them. I have to say that we have had this box of crayons for several months they have been used and sharpened several times to color just the way she wants but not one of them has broken.

            I think that crayons will last forever as we have never actually used an entire crayon no matter how much we color we are always left with a little stub, once that happens we end up buying more so we have never actually used up the entire crayon. We never throw away the little nubs as we have our own crayon maker now and use our old crayon pieces to make new crayons with it.

            Crayons are a great item for any little one to have in their art collection they can be used for more than just coloring in a color book but can be used to create masterpieces. Crayons are not just for kids either they can be used by any one that is in the mood to color or create. When I give gifts I give out boxes of crayons every one loves a box of crayons.

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              Easy to colour with these

              My daughter loves all things arty and crafty and they are good distraction for her when I am trying to get on with something, like cooking for example. We have a huge amount of different pens, pencils, crayons, paints and such. One packet of crayons we have is these from Crayola.

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              The crayons come in the usual green and yellow packaging of all of Crayola's products. The cardboard box hold 8 different coloured crayons, these different colours are all bright and different colours. You can find some cheaper packs of crayons with the majority being browns, blacks and greys but there isn't that problem with Crayola crayons, each one is different.

              --- The crayons ---

              These crayons are the standard sort of size for crayons with a diameter of around 1cm and roughly 7cm in length. These are more suitable for older children as they are quite thin, so could be hard for younger children to grip. My daughter has been using hers since about 20 months old. Even though they are quite thin it doesn't mean they are easy to snap when a lot of pressure is used, and none have snapped on us yet.

              The crayons are covered in a paper sleeve with the colour corresponding to the colour of the crayon. Whilst this is a good idea to stop wax from crayons transferring onto over crayons when being stored, it is a bad idea when there is a toddler around who loves to eat everything. I've taken the paper off of our crayons to stop more being eaten.

              Not a lot of pressure is needed to get these crayons to show up nice and brightly on paper, which is good as I think if it was harder to get the colours to show on paper they may be more prone to snap.

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              I think these crayons are fantastic value for money, at around £1.50 - £2 for a pack of 8. Ours, although the paper has had to be taken off, are still in excellent condition. A must for children's craft boxes.

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