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Just reading a few reviews of see crayons here on ciao and they seem to be highly rated :/
My experience is a bit different. I'm sure you've all heard of Crayola, who are a popular brand of arts and crafts accessories and games, most famously coloured pens, pencils and crayons.
I bought these for my daughter at Christmas as she likes colouring and glittery things, so I thought they'd be an ideal stocking filler.
There are 16 crayons in the pack. The colours are basic colours you usually get in a pack this size, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, white, grey, black and lighter or darker shades of each. They are the small thin crayons, so not suitable for heavy handed kids as they would snap very easily.
To look at the crayons, they do glisten a tiny bit, and you can see they contain glitter, but when used on paper to colour in, they are just not glittery at all. They were advertised to add sparkle to a picture but, this is not the case. Don't get me wrong I wasn't expecting loads and loads but I mean a bit would have sufficed!
They colour really well like any other crayon and the colours go onto paper perfectly fine, but you wouldn't know they were glitter crayons at all. You can see a tiny spot here and there on large bits such as sky and grass but other than that, nothing.
I wouldn't recommend these, especially for the price of them. You're paying for the fact that they are glitter, but you are basically wasting your money. I am glad I used a bit of a DooYoo amazon voucher for these, and never paid the £3.50 they are in the shops.
My little girl has really got into writing and drawing recently and I want to encourage this love and hopefully talent and so I bought her some Crayola crayons.
Crayola is a name I really trust and one I remember from my childhood as being a really fun quality brand. In fact it has been around since 1885 so they have hundreds of years worth of quality behind them. I remember going over to my grandparents house and them usually having a new pack of crayons for us to play with. My grandma usually always found packs with fun, unusual colours and this made it all the more interesting. I still remember to this day adoring a silver and gold crayon in one pack so this is why I thought it would be fun to get a pack of glitter crayons for my little girl.
The pack contains 16 regular sized crayons in the primary colours available such as red, blue, green and yellow. The colours are strong and bold and make a beautiful coloured line or picture. At the moment all my little girl does is scribble, she's not even old enough to colour in yet but scribbling is great and is getting her ready for the next stage. The crayons are easy for her to hold and because they are in such great colours I think they look appealing to little eyes and exciting. It's a great way to learn about colours too as we can pick up the different crayons, name them and then draw as we name them so she gets to know and love colour. The crayons are standard size and measure 3 5/8 x 5/16 in
I have found that other cheap crayons you can buy in say the £ store never draw as well as Crayola crayons do. They tend to need to be pressed on really hard to get any kind of mark out of and then the colour is so waxy that it does not take to the paper very well at all meaning your creation does not look that great. These crayola crayons are very different. Of course they are wax crayons but they draw very easily and add a really nice line of colour without too much pressure applied which is great as little hands can't always press that hard. I buy a big pad of drawing paper for my little girl and let her scribble away and she's really in her element.
The sparkle or glitter in these crayons is all the way through them. They are not glitter in the sense of a glitter pen that will add lots of sparkle to your page, they are more subtle and leave a bit of glitter but not all the way through your line, it is more of a hint of glitter but its nice enough and does add a bit of glamour to your picture.
The crayons are non toxic which is great as my little girl likes to suck these when she is thinking about her drawing so I feel safe with her doing that and for some reason they are like crack to my dog and he will eat one down in 5 seconds flat if it happens to fall from the table and so far nothing has happened to him thank goodness. I bought my crayons from Amazon and they cost £3.29 plus delivery.
As a wonderful sister I often look after my niece and nephew to give her a break and spend time with the children. I have a colouring draw that contains various arty things and colouring packs so that the children are entertained during their stay.
When I saw a packet of glitter crayons I was pretty excited as my niece loves sparkles and I'm partial to the odd but of glitter!
There was a three for two offer on crayola packs so I bought three different items from the range. Without the offer, these crayons come in a packet of 16 for around £2.00.
The beauty of crayons is that they create minimal mess. We have has some very creative moments with paints and felt tips but often more ends up on the carpet and hands than on the paper. Crayons are mess free and do not involve sharpening. Hurray!
The crayons are wrapped in coloured paper and there is a good range of colours in the packet, including blue, green, red, orange and black. Each crayon is a different colour so there is plenty of scope to be inventive!
The end of the crayons come quite pointed so you can make short defined strokes. The glitter is evident as soon as you make a mark on the paper. Obviously it is not overwhelming, but it is noticeable and the more you use the crayon the more the glitter comes out.
The glitter stays on the paper although we did end up with a little bit on our fingers after touching the paper.
These crayons are cheap and very fun. They are creative without being too messy and look really good. The children really enjoy using them as they are different to normal crayons. Like all crayons they snap easily and the paper peels off, but this is just part and parcel of using this medium!
As you can probably tell from a lot of my recent reviews Hope is now going through a very creative stage and every time I go shopping I seem to come home with yet another colouring product! Hope's creative box is now bursting with crayons and pencils and all kinds of stickers and glitters for her to use her imagination with. The majority of the items are Crayola too.
Crayola have been making the likes of crayons and activity books for as long as I can remember and they have always been very good quality so we do tend to stick to this brand when buying crafty items for Hope.
***Glitter Crayons, inside the pack ***
Glitter crayons are the latest addition to Hope's creative box and although they aren't exactly toddler friendly they are very effective.
In the cardboard box you get 16 crayons although you can only see half of them through the window so they do actually look twice as long as they are but they are actually just quite small. They are small and thin like you would expect average crayons to be so they are not very toddler friendly as they can easily snap and because they aren't very chunky they are not easy for toddlers to grip very well and have good control over so I would say these are more suitable for school-aged children. They also have paper around them too which helps to keep the wax clean but this again is a problem with toddlers as they can pull the paper off and eat it so do be careful if children under school age are using these.
The colours you get are a variety and they're bright and colourful from yellow to purple to red. I think 16 is a nice number, you get enough choice without it being overwhelming for your child.
***How effective are they? ***
The wax of these crayons contain little tiny flecks of glitter which makes your drawings sparkle! When you run the crayon along a piece of paper the colour of the wax comes off along with little bits of glitter. It isn't extremely obvious as the flecks are only extremely small but when the light catches it in the right way it sparkles away which has a nice effect on the paper.
When drawing with these you don't need to use much pressure, just the same amount as you would when using any Crayola crayon so the fact that glitter is in with the wax doesn't make any difference at all. These look particularly good when large sections are coloured in as the glitter shows up more so if you are just drawing outlines then it doesn't show up that well but large sections is much more effective.
***Are they easy to use? ***
As I have said above you don't need to apply much pressure at all for the wax to appear on the paper and for you to be able to create a drawing with these crayons which is great. They are quite difficult for Hope to use, she is only two and I think that these are too small for her yet and she needs to just use chunky crayons. She struggles to get a good grip on them and they do tend to snap but my friend's 5 year old has taken a real shine to these and he is able to ouse them without any problems at all. They are a good size for someone his age as they can draw finer lines than chunky crayons so it gives him more choice and control over his drawings.
Over time the tip of the crayon has been worn down so they're no longer pointy and we've had to peel back the paper but this doesn't mean they can't still be used and are still very effective.
In my opinion these crayons are a great idea. I like how Crayola come up with a variety of creative materials. The glitter within these crayons is only subtle but if you draw quite a large section and have it catch the light then it shines away and makes a picture look more effective and interesting.
I do think that these are probably better for children who are of a school age so are more capable of drawing with crayons that are smaller as they're difficult for little hands to hold. They can still be used by toddlers if you are supervising them- due to the small nature of them and the fact that they can snap easily but I do think that school aged children will enjoy these more.
Within the pack you get a good variety of colours so that the pictures you create can be really varied and colourful. I think that having 16 colours to chose from is a good idea as there is plenty of choice. You can keep them in the cardboard box but we have found that it's got quite battered and so it's been recycled and we are just using a pencil case to store them in. Because they're small they don't take up much room so they are easy to store.
These crayons make very effective pictures and it's nice that they have the glitter in them to add a different element to drawing. Children love using their imaginations and creating pictures so these crayons give them even more inspiration. They are particularly effective when making Christmas cards as the glitter is a great addition!
In my opinion these crayons are great but if you have a toddler you are probably best supervising them at all times whilst these are used as they can snap easily and small parts could be put in the mouth.
One type of stocking filler that never goes amiss in my house, is arts and crafts stuff, paints, crayons, paper....anything that my children can create their "masterpieces" with is always more than appreciated.
After spotting the crayons that I will now review in the sale in my catalogue, I snapped them up, even if I decided not to give them to my children (which was always going to be unlikely), they are the type of present that most kids would appreciate, so I was always going to find a use for them!
The crayons in question are - "Crayola - glitter crayons".
Crayola is a brand I have been aware of for many years, with me having a great deal of their range as a child myself, not usually just offering good high quality arts and crafts products, but seemingly offering that little bit more, in this case being glitter!
The crayons and the box they come in look quite generic across this range, coming in a reasonably flat rectangular box, with a picture of the crayons within being printed on the outer box.
On the box the information states there are "16 glitter crayons" within the pack, and also the fact these are of course non-toxic, which is another drawing point of using Crayola products, as this is a pre-requisite of these types of products, especially due to them being used by children.
Within the pack there is wide range of colours from browns and blacks, up to the much more vibrant looking yellows and reds, with there being no replica colours in the pack.
When I removed the crayons from the pack they again looked like generic crayons, with there being the obligatory paper wrap around the middle, with the only slight difference being the sparkle effect on the end of the crayon nib, though at this stage I wasn't holding out much hope with how fine and faint the glitter seemed to be.
To use you colour as you would normally.
The crayon is a nice vibrant colour (of course depending on what colour it is!), and goes on reasonably thick.
The glitter is actually quite visible upon the picture/paper from the first stroke, though it does state on the box the crayons come in that for extra glitter and depth of colour a second application maybe the thing, but for a subtle addition to a child's picture a single coating adds enough glitter to make any wannabe fairy princess' happy.
Longevity wise these will last as long as the child wants, my kids normally end up either peeling the paper of the crayon then snapping them, making them so unfeasibly small they cannot be held to colour with, even with their incredibly delicate fingers, but if looked after properly you would get a good few months worth of use from them, not really using much crayon per picture.
Price wise these retail for around the £2.00 mark, which is about in line with other well branded craft products.
For more information visit - www.crayola.com
These have been a welcome addition to my children's arts and crafts box, recommended!
Thanks for reading x