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I bought this for Christmas for my daughter. It cost £9 from Smyth's toys but it is available widely.
The set consists of a dry erase board which has a black side and a white side and a set of dry erase crayons. The set is recommended for children aged 4 and over.
The board measures approx 22cm by 32cm so it is a nice portable size to pack on long journey's or for out and about to keep your child amused.
Inside the crayon box are 8 crayons of different colours; red, green, yellow, blue, brown, white, purple and orange. Attached to the box is also a crayon sharpener and inside the box is a dry erase cloth.
The board is really nice it has rounded edges and is easy for a young child to hold and draw. The crayons are also a good size, they are a lot thicker than standard Crayola crayons and they also have a paper casing to make them easier to grip.
The crayons are really good for drawing, the colours are bright and vivid. Once your child has finished drawing you simply wipe the crayon off with the dry erase cloth. The cloth is very much like a microfibre cloth and it takes an awful lot of elbow grease to get the crayon off. It doesn't erase fully without a good rub. In fact I have resorted to wiping it with a wet wipe which removes it immediately and then drying it with the cloth included. The white side is easier to wipe than the black side which seems impossible to get clean without the use of any water.
Despite the issues with wiping this clean with the cloth I would still recommend this set. These crayons are much better than chalk and we also use them on the easel we have. The crayons are also washable as is the cloth included.
We have been using these since Christmas and I haven't had to sharpen any yet so they also seem to have longevity.
I would recommend these crayons it's just a shame they aren't as wipe clean as I expected so I will deduct one star for that.
My eldest daughter really loves all to do with drawing and being creative so when we came to buying presents for her for Christmas I put a search in Amazon for Crayola and came across this set. The set can be bought in other places than Amazon such as Boots, Argos and even the likes of Asda and it costs around £10 which I think is a pretty decent price coming from Crayola which is a well-known and great quality brand.
The set didn't really come in any packaging just a simply cardboard sleeve fastened around it, it states on the front "flip over for twice the fun" and has a list of contents which are dual sided dry erase board, 8 washable dry erase bright crayons, e-z erase cloth and a crayon sharpener. On the back of the cardboard sleeve it tells you that the colours are vibrant on white, black or clear surfaces and that they wipe away easily but they won't accidentally rub off and best of all they are washable from hands and clothing.
As the packaging is simply a cardboard sleeve it was very easy just to tear off, inside you find there is a board about A4 size with rounded corners and edged with rubber so there will be no injuries from the board. One side of the board is black and one side of the board is white, the rubber is slightly higher than the board so it means that if you have a drawing on one side and you want to use the other side it won't rub against whatever surface you are leaning on and ruin your picture which my daughter is well impressed with. You also get a cardboard box very obviously Crayole as it is bright yellow and green which are the Crayola colours and has the logo on it, inside the box there are 8 crayons, the E-Z cloth and on the back of the box there is a hole where there is a plastic sharpener inside making sharpening the crayons easy although I have never found any need to sharpen crayons.
The crayons you get are a great range of colours which are, red, white, orange, green, blue, yellow, purple and brown. The crayons are all wrapped in a paper sleeve and they are pretty chunky making it easy to get a grip on them and use them. My daughter can be pretty heavy handed and we haven't had any of the crayons break so I would say they are pretty durable. The cloth inside the box is about A5 in size and can be hand washed or machine washed in cold water and using a mild soap which is a good job as it does get pretty dirty pretty quickly.
The colours we have found are much more vibrant on the white side of the board apart from the white one of course which doesn't show up on the white side. The crayons when used on the black side can be made more vibrant by going over them a couple of times but the yellow and orange actually look a little dull and murky on the black side. The colours are pretty easy to rub away for myself but Sophie sometimes finds it a little tough to get the board clean again and the longer you have left the picture on the board the harder we have found it to rub clean again.
Sophie loved the idea of this board when I showed her it and she seems to think it as somewhere she should do work rather than just draw which I think must be because it reminds her of the boards at school. She will sit for hours practicing her letters and numbers and the board and if they are not quite right she will rub them out and start again. She likes to leave myself and my husband pictures and work she has done for us to come home to if she goes to bed before we managed to get home and she loves getting praise the next day for how brilliant we think it is.
The board is a great idea in my opinion as Sophie can draw a picture show us it and then it gets rubbed away, she likes to draw so much that I have boxes and boxes of her pictures put away so this prevents there being too many more. The box for the crayons is big enough to keep the cloth in aswell as the crayons which is great as it means we don't end up with it left lying around although Sophie has managed to rip the box already. The set is a great idea and a decent price, she has played with the set loads over the last couple of weeks and the crayons are barely showing signs of being played with so I expect it is going to last well too.