Product Type: Crayola Art / Craft
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Member Name: Coffeetiere
Advantages: Good price and lots of colours
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: A good buy for children's creative play
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