Both me and my daughter love our craft sessions, from getting messy with glue and paint to simple things like scribbling on paper it all gets a massive thumbs up from us. Just recently my daughter has started to colour in pictures relatively well so I went out and bought this Crayola colouring book for her new found love of simple colouring.
I purchased this colouring book from Amazon for around the £3 mark, I think it would be widely available to purchase from other places that sell childrens craft supplies.
I originally thought the name suggested that the book would either be large in paper size or large in the amount of pages but it certainly doesn't look that gigantic to me compared to other colouring books I've come across. The book is the normal A4 paper size and contains 65 pages of different pictures to colour. With a picture on each side of the pages there are 130 different pictures to colour in in total.
The cover of the colouring book is made from quite a tough card. The inside pages are of an off white colour, this suggests to me that they may be recycled but I can't be sure. The pictures on the pages have quite a solid outline so it is easy to see where each bit needs to be coloured in. The pictures all have a cartoon like feel to them and are suitable for both girls and boys. I haven't come across the same picture twice in this book which can't be said for another colouring book we have. There is a vast array of different pictures to colour in, including pictures of royalty, animals and vehicles.
My daughter usually uses pencils in this book and they work well without ripping or tearing any of the pages. She did use her felt tips once but as they leaked through to the following page she hasn't used them in this book since. The thick black lines outlining the pictures mean that my daughter can colour in relatively well. She's just coming on three years old and will sit and colour in this book for a good 45 minutes before getting bored. A lot of the time my daughter starts colouring in one page, then will just stop after a little while and start on another, she always goes back to finish the ones she has already started so all is not lost.
As far as the colouring book goes, I don't think it is anything special compared to other cheaper colouring books. The quality of the paper isn't the greatest and the gigantic name is rather misleading. Although the pictures are nice, I don't think I'll be purchasing this again, I'd rather opt for a cheaper version.
A while ago I bought my daughter some Crayola felt tip pens from Aamazon and as I had some credit in my account I decided to treat her a little and buy her some new craft and colouring items so I could get rid of some of her older things.
I decided to buy her this colouring book as being Crayola I thought it would be great quality and a lot of the colouring books she had were cheap books on mucky looking paper, the book cost about £4 which is quite a lot considering what you can pick up in the pound shops but I thought it would be worth it.
The book has a picture on the front of a cartoon like boy covered in splodges of paint and the nakme of the book is displayed, the surrounds are bright yellow in colour which is the standard Crayola colour.
The front cover of the book is made of a thin cardboard and has a glossy finish to it so I expected it to be great quality inside too however I felt that the pages were a little thin and they weren't a proper white in colour but a little off white and when my daughter colours in it in felt tip it all soaks through so the pages need to be removed so we have now decided she will only use pencils with this book.
The pad is A4 in size which is good for me as we have a set of plasric drawers to keep toys in in the front room and they will only take the depth of an A4 pad, the colouring book has 130 pages and each one of them has a large picture on it with bold black outlines. For all my daughter has always been creative she hasn't really liked colouring in ready drawn pictures previously but she likes colouring in this book and I think that is because it is easier to keep in the lines with the thick outline.
The colouring book is satifactory however for the price I paid I would have expected the pages to have been white so they look clean rather than my daughter spictures looking grubby and I would certainly have expected better quality paper. I won't be buying this again although it is an ok colouring book it is nothing special and no better quality than what you can get at the pound shops.
As we live in Scotland but all our family are down in England we take a trip a few times a year down to visit everyone and always try to find something different to keep the children entertained for such a long drive so I decided to order these colouring books for them to play with.
This colouring book claimed to be gigantic colouring book which I took to meant bigger pages but actually it is just an a4 pad it does state this in description when I checked but I thought it was a little misleading. I guess they mean Gigantic as in there are 130 pages of colouring for little on to do which in all fairness does last a very long time and gives little one more choice of which picture they want to colour.
The pictures themselves are lovely drawings which are very bold and clear so that little one can enjoy colouring them. There are a range of scenes from animals to people playing to flowers. As there is such a choice of pictures to colour it is suitable for both boys and girls.
The downside to this book is it has very poor quality paper I am not sure why but it an off colour white and the pages are very thin. This means they are only suitable for crayons as the pages have a picture each side of the paper if you use pens it leaks through the page and spoils the picture on the other side.My children were a little upset as they like to use pens and crayons to create different effects.
As it has so many pages it can be used again and again which is good but as it is so thick it is hard to open the book fully without breaking the spine of the book and making it look a little tatty.
I paid around £2.50 for these colouring books and brought 2 of them which have exactly the same pictures in. Although it was a little disappointing overall my children enjoyed colouring and it did keep them busy for a little while through the car journey so worked for the reason I wanted them. This is not better quality than the books you get in pound land and because of the poor quality paper I will avoid next time.
Our little lad loves to colour in pictures and he likes nothing better than to sit with his crayons and felt tip pens and pencils, just colouring in for hours on end. We ordered him the Crayola Gigantic Colouring Book from Amazon a few months ago and it cost £5.99. We thought it was a bit steep, but as it is Crayola, and it was advertised as being 'gigantic' we were expecting something a bit special.
Upon it arriving, we were initially quite disappointed in the actual size of the book. It is A4 size but I personally think the 'gigantic' in the advertising refers to the amount of pages contained within the book (60) rather than the actual book size.
The paper quality is okay - not brilliant. It is off white in colour but I personally was disppointed that the design on one page can be seen on the back of the next page, so I don't think the quality of the paper is actually as good as it could be - certainly we were expecting better.
Our little lad is unable to use his felt tip pens with this colouring book as the colours tend to seep through. However, he actually prefers pencils and crayons so this isn't a big loss to him. After he has finished colouring in a page he will often try to rip it out to stick his work of art on the fridge. Unfotunately, ther pages are not meant to do this and it can result in a few tears as his artwork has been torn in two. However, if he asks me to help him I can usually manage to get it out of the book for him - rip-free.
The designs in the book are quite unisex, I feel and not geared soley towards either boys or girls. For example, the bold outlines are pictures of dragons, cars, princesses, castles, flowers and animals, so there is a nice mix of something to suit both sexes.
The book itself is lightweight and easy for the little lad to carry about even though it does contain 60 pages. It has overall been worth the money, I think, but we were, as I say, a bit disappointed in the size and the paper quality.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
** Crayola Gigantic Colouring Book **
Crayola has to be one of the most famous arts and crafts brands for children. Their simple bright products always go down well with the younger generation and I remember using their paints and pens when I was a child. Their creative sets were always on my wish list.
The Crayola Gigantic Colouring Book is an A4 pad full of pictures to colour in. The front is brightly coloured as you would expect from Crayola and can be wiped clean. It does quite a good job at protecting the pages on the inside.
** Price & Availability **
I bought mine from Very.co.uk for £2.50. It is also available on Amazon for £2.44. I have had a browse around and the prices range from £2 to £5 so make sure you shop around to get the best deal.
** Hu - major - mungous **
Colouring books never seem to go out of fashion and are a staple of any creative toy box or pass the time activity. I bought this as something to keep my niece busy when she is around and I knew that she could go back to it whenever she wanted something to do.
The Gigantic book itself is quite disappointing in size wise. Based on the name I was expecting it to be A3 in size, but it is the size of a standard A4 piece of paper. I think the gigantic part of the name comes from the amount of colouring in pages it has. There are 64 double sided pages, which gives you 130 colouring in pictures. That really is a large amount.
The pictures are well done in thick black lines and with large spaces to colour in. My niece grasps the idea of staying within the lines now so this really helps her to try and keep her colouring in the right place. The pictures themselves range from animals to scenery and my niece loves the animal pictures. She decides to colour them in with random colours just to amuse herself. She also likes the cartoon images of people. They have a vast amount of pictures and my niece has already found the princess, Queen, Ballerina etc. She also tends to say she wants to do certain things that she sees in the book. So for example, feeding the ducks 'Aunty H, can we feed the ducks later?' Tennis; 'Aunty H, can we go to the park later with our bat and ball?' Quite amusing but it gives us a list of what to do next time she is with me.
The pages do look like they are made from recycled paper because they have an off white tinge. Not really a problem as my niece didn't care, but I do find something appealing about fresh white paper. The other downside is that if my niece uses felt tip pens, because of the thinness of the paper it leaks through the other side and then she won't colour on that picture. To be honest when I was younger I was the same. I am slightly disappointed at the lack of quality with the paper considering the brand is Crayola. Pencils work a little better although the colours are hard to show up but if you have a younger child, then with the extra pressure they tend to apply with their pencils, the paper shouldn't rip or tear. So in my opinion, its crayons that work the best with this one.
Another downside is that the pages cannot be torn out easily without ripping the page, which is a shame as my niece is a fan if giving people pictures. So I tend to fold it and then cut the picture out to make her happy.
Overall, a good item to have for a rainy day or to pass the time for about an hour. My niece gets though 3 or 4 pictures before getting bored and with 130 pictures to go through it should last a while. Another good stocking filler to have coming up to Christmas and any child will be excited when they see this bright yellow book waiting for them!
** IMPORTANT INFO **
Manufacturers recommended age 3+. I cannot really explain this as there are no small parts. I can only imagine it is due to the crayons that may be used in conjunction with the book or in case toddlers try and rip the paper out.
This is a review of Crayola Gigantic Colouring Book which contains 130 pages and has a different cover to that pictured on Dooyoo. I did suggest a new Dooyoo catagory for this review but it was rejected and I was told to post the review here for some reason, so here goes...
The cover is bright and eyecatching, with a picture of a boy at an easel surrounded by paint. It looks very unisex.
It can be wiped clean and is quite resilient to protect the pages inside.
The first thing to point out is that the Crayola Gigantic Colouring Book isn't very gigantic. The name suggests that the pages will be big but the pages are actually just A4 sized. I think the 'gigantic' actually refers to the large amount of pages inside the book, rather than the size of the pages. In my opinion the name is quite misleading and might lead to some disappointments if ordering online.
The book has 65 pages and there are pictures on both sides of every page, which means there are a whopping 130 pictures to colour. This means that the book lasts for absolutley ages - I certainly don't have any reason to buy another colouring book anytime soon! And although the book has lots of pages, it isn't very heavy which means we can take it out and about easily enough.
The pages aren't white and are more of an off-white colour. They look as though they are made from recycled paper but it doesn't state anywhere on the book that it's made from recycled paper so I'm not really sure. The colour of the paper doesn't affect the pictures or colouring in the pictures. This doesn't bother us at all, but may bother some...
As I've already mentioned, each page is A4 sized and each page takes some time to completely colour if done properly.
The pages can be torn out of the book (which is useful for sharing pages between children etc) but haven't been designed to be removed from the book very well - everytime we have torn pages out of the book they have come out quite jagged.
On the back page is a recycle logo which suggets the whole book is recyclable.
All of the pictures are big and bold, and fill up most of the pages.
The pictures are very varied and appeal to both boys and girls. The pictures are all drawn like cartoons and all of them are easy to make out.
The majority of the pictures seem to be of people carrying out various activities which include easter egg hunting, digging, diving, tennis, feeding the ducks, at a party, building a snowman, singing, dancing, sailing, skiing, having a picnic, skating and painting.
There are also quite a few pictures of people dressed up (king, queen, princess, astronaut, pirate, ballerina, alien etc ) and there are also plenty of pictures without people in such as a garden scene, a dinosaur, aliens, rabbits, a goat, ladybirds, whales, bees, butterflies, pigs, cows, chickens, sheep, a desert island, a dog, snails, frogs, a tiger, chickens, donkeys and a crab.
I would say that the Crayola Gigantic Colouring book is best suited for children between the ages of 2-8. Children over 8 years will probably prefer an 'older' and more challenging colouring book.
The back of the book states that it's not recommend for under 3's for safety reasons (not sure why - maybe tearing small bits of paper off and eating them?). However I'm sure under 3's would be fine if supervised.
As I've already mentioned the book is totally unisex and should appeal to both boys and girls.
In my opinion the colouring book encourages hand eye coordination, concentration and imagination.
-Price & availability-
We brought our copy of Crayola Gigantic Colouring Book from The Entertainer for just £2.50, which in my opinion is very good value for money.
It is also available from Amazon.co.uk for £2.23. I don't recall seeing it in any other shops.
Children love to be creative and love messy play; colouring is a popular and very common activity for little ones. It is good to introduce colouring at a young age and children as young as 12 months of age can have fun learning how to use crayons. Promoting colouring and drawing will improve a child's social, physical, emotional and cognitive development as well as build confidence.
Drawing with a crayon involves fine motor skills as your child will learn how to grasp and hold a crayon. Colouring and drawing with bright colours also boosts a child's visual senses and allows them to use their imagination. Along with developing motor skills and self expression so many skills can be learnt from colouring and it is great fun too!
Crayons are the first writing instrument a child will learn how to grip and grasp and they will learn how to control them, this is an important skill as it will aid in teaching them how to use other writing instruments later in life.
Once my son reached 12 months of age I wasted no time in buying him some chunky wax crayons and I couldn't wait to play and make wonderful art. My son like all other children loved to draw and scribble on a blank canvas and I would often draw large bold outlines of an animal or a face for him to colour over, a few months later I decided to look for a colouring book as these offer a range of pictures for a little one to colour and many hours of fun to be had. I performed a search on Amazon and I came across the Gigantic Crayola colouring book, Crayola are a recognisable and respected brand name so I knew it would be of good quality.
Crayola produce high quality products that are nontoxic safe and reliable, they are also great value for money too. I paid the meagre sum of £2.44 for this A4 colouring book that contains 160 pages which represents excellent value for money. For some reason this book is recommended for children 3 and over, on the reverse cover is a symbol showing that it is not suitable for children between 0-3 stating that this is due to small parts. I cannot understand why as there are no small parts as the pages are glued to the bind of the book. There are many different crayons that are suitable for children that are 12 months of age, of course if you are going to allow your toddler to colour then it is advisable to supervise them at all times. I bought this book for my son when he was 14 months of age and he happily coloured in every picture and has completed the book and being so pleased with the amount of time it has lasted and the quality of it I have ordered the same book again for him to start all over again.
There is a variety of different pictures inside for your little one to colour, ranging from animals, people, transport and scenery images. The pages are thick and course and an off white colour, the thick pages are perfect for little hands to turn the page and for toddlers who tend to apply more pressure when they 'scribble' which means you won't get any holes or torn pictures. Unfortunately the pages are not perforated which means it is difficult to take a page out without losing some of the picture. Each of the pictures covers the entire A4 sheet and they are nice bold simple pictures which make it easier for toddlers to learn to colour within the lines, there are smaller details but nothing to intricate or complicated.
Colouring and drawing is an activity that takes place every day in our house so this book gets lots of attention. My son will happily sit flicking through the pages looking at all the pictures as there are lots of animals that he is familiar with so he likes to tell me all the animal names and point to the pictures, and the pictures which he is unsure about he will point at for me to tell him what they are. Once he has selected the picture he would like to colour we then decide which colours we are going to use, my son will colour in the main parts of the picture while I like to colour in all the smaller details of the picture - I don't want to miss out on the fun! This is a fun activity as not only is my son learning how to use a crayons and control it, it also promotes conversation as I will talk about the pictures we are colouring, as well as discuss the colours we are using. The wax crayons colour over the page nicely, I would imagine that coloured pencils would be just as effective as these are the next stage colouring instruments a toddler will be using, the pages are thick enough to be painted upon for the more adventurous toddlers and parents out there. My son really enjoys colouring in this book as not only does he feel a sense of achievement from this, it also an activity which builds on his confidence and self esteem too due to the high amount of praise he gets during colouring.
As well as being a fun activity colouring in pictures and learning to grasp a crayon promotes many educational benefits such as; fine motor skills as your child learns how to control the crayon which helps strengthen hand muscles. Also a greater level of hand eye coordination which in turn improves the concentration and focus of your little one. Once your child learns to colour within the lines this teaches them about boundaries which will help your child when the time comes for them to learn to write.
This is a great book that will provide plenty of play on those rainy days and it is good to take out on trips and holidays as colouring can be enjoyed anywhere.
Do remember that crayons pose a choking hazard, so never leave toddlers unattended with crayons.
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My nephew was given this as party of a birthday present this week. He has really enjoyed receiving this present.
I was impressed at the quality of the paper that the book was made of. Often when you buy these books the paper is so thin that often young children end up ripping the paper as they put so much pressure on the pencils or crayons.
The pictures are nice and clear and simple. they are also things that young children can relate to easily such as animals and cars. They are good for sharing and some of the pictures do have more detail so that older children can also get something out of the book.
We also found that it was quite easy to rip the pages out so they could be spread around to a number of children to colour in - or a couple can be popped into a bag to keep children amused when out and about.
Seeing the price at the top of the review I think this is a great value colouring book
I was very impressed with the Crayola Gigantic Colouring Book and think it's absolutely ideal as any child's first colouring book. It retails for £2.49 though Amazon frequently have it available for slightly less. I think that's an exceptionally good price for a brand name product that includes 160 pages of colouring fun.
Inside the thick book, you'll find a variety of bold black outlined pictures for little ones to colour in. They're all on thick paper that's got a bit of a sugar paper feel to it. It's important that the paper isn't too thin in kid's colouring books, as if it is then their pen marks go through to the other side. With this book, that hasn't been a problem.
The pictures are all good fun, with pictures including animals, children, teddy bears and basic scenes like the seaside etc. There's detail in every picture, but only a very basic amount to keep this easy and straightforward for young children to manage.
I think this is one of the better colouring books out there, and well worth paying that extra £1 for over a cheapy version from the pound shop. It's accessible to kids as young as two years old and will appeal to children up to five or six years old as well.
This bumper Crayola colouring book will keep your little ones happy for hours on end. With over 160 pages of animal, people, transport and scenery images there's so much to colour in that they won't know where to begin. Great for developing coordination and imagination, this gigantic colouring is perfect for all children - not just potential Picassos. And, before long, you might find yourself joining in the fun too!