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Crayola Half Length Pencils
My little one loves drawing and colouring and therefore we go through a lot of coloured pencils, felt pens and crayons. Due to this, we try not to spend too much on each pack as no matter how much we spend, they all run out soon after with all the pictures our little one does every day.
We bought these Crayola pencils for £1.00 from Wilkinsons and they can be bought at the moment on Amazon for 91 pence. Crayola is a well known and well worth it name and I was surprised to get this pack of 12 pencils for such a low price - surprised though I still snapped them up! You can also buy these same pencils in a bigger pack for around £5.
As said in the title, these pencils are shorter than normal sized pencils, though I would say perhaps a little more than half length. This makes it easier for youger children to grasp a hold of them and draw though it makes no real difference to my youngster how long they are!
One thing we have always had a problem with is sharpening them, especially if my little one tries as they always seem to break, though I have found these pencils much sturdier and better made which means that even if my youngster is sharpening them, they do what you want and do not break every five minutes. Perhaps this is to do with the Crayola name sake!
£1.00 for a pack of 12 well made pencils is a great deal and I would happily buy these again and again for my little one, and my little one agrees, though as long as she can draw and colour, I do not think she really cares what make they are!
These days you can pick up coloring pencils for pennies but in doing so I found my heavy handed children either snapped the lead in it or they found them to big to really use properly. That is why when I was shopping on Amazon and found these pencils at just 60p I thought I would give them a go as crayola have always proven good quality for me in the past.
They come in a small box and you get what it says on the box. 12 multi colored pencils ranging from all the primary colors plus extra variations like light blue 2 shades of orange any color a young child may need.
Rather than long pencils they are half the size of standered pencils yet are more durable than the full size ones. I am not sure if it is because my children can hold them better and there fore are not as harsh with them or just good quality but I found these last 3 times as long as regular pencils. They did break but when you sharpen them the lead is fine and can be used again.
My only downside is that once they have been sharpened a few time they become to little for a toddler to hold and use but at the retail price of £1.50 its not bank breaking to replace them and you do get fair use out of them for there money.I actually brought these and mini notepads for my sons birthday party bags and they went down a storm with the children at a low price and the small convenient size of the pack I would highly recommend these.
The grandson was getting annoyed with his Tesco Value pencil crayons continually snapping or having the leads break off every time they were sharpened. They seem like such a bargain at around 30p a packet, but it's false economy when you wind up throwing them in the bin after only a handful of uses. These Crayola half length pencils retail from Amazon for only 80p at the moment, and are usually priced at around £1 in places like supermarkets. That's really not much of a price to pay for an item that will last a a year or two.
These coloured pencils are quite small, but that's actually a good thing for your average youngster. They find them easier and lighter to hold and work with than full size pencil crayons. The colours included in this pack are all the usual suspects - enough for your average child to make lots of their favourite creations with any way. The colours all come out on paper as you'd expect them to from looking at the colour of the wrappers and leads, which isn't always the case I've found. With these pencils, when you use light blue - you get light blue, not a greeny-grey or the like. If you want a bigger variety, they do sell these in 36 packs as well, but for some reason you pay around £5 for the big pack.
The crayons are nice and sturdy, and nearly always sharpen well on first attempt. It's very rare for the lead to fall off on immediately being sharpened, even if the tip is ridiculously long from over-sharpening. We've had the odd lead snap during use from pressing too hard, but far less than we've experienced using other brands. Similarly, we've never had a pencil snap in half, whereas we experienced that quite frequently with other brands - especially those awful Tesco Value pencils.
After buying and using a few Crayola products, the Grandson asked us to buy him more and we happily did. We've replaced most of his stationary with Crayola products now and it's made drawing a lot more fun for him. He no longer has unexpected things to deal with through us buying him cheaper products which develop faults, he can concentrate on making a colourful mess instead.
My daughter loves doing arts and crafts and, as such, I have a big arts box which I ensure is continually topped up with supplies so that she can delve into it whenever the mood takes her. Because she gets through her supplies fairly quickly, and she is not the best at looking after things, I try to purchase craft materials which are both durable and inexpensive - and for me, Crayola, together with ELC products, tend to come out at the very top of this list.
I bought a couple of packets of the Crayola Half Length Pencils when I saw them for sale on Amazon.co.uk for just 80p - which I thought was a very good deal, especially as I consider Crayola to be a quality product that suits the needs of children. The box contains twelve pencils that are about 8.5cm in length and 0.7 cm in width - and as such, they are shorter and slightly chunkier than most colouring pencils. I find that my daughter, who is at the stage of holding pencils by grabbing the pencil in her fist, can grip onto the pencil very well. I definitely think that the shorter length pencil makes it more suitable to little people.
There are twelve pencils within the packet, which includes all of the usual suspects in terms of colours: red, red-orange, orange, yellow, yellow-green, green, sky blue, blue, violet, light brown, brown and black. The colours are vibrant and bright and, as such, attractive to children, my daughter included. These pencils are sharpened to a fairly sharp point, but the "lead" is soft enough that it is not overly sharp and so are not likely to cause accidental injury. Because the leads are soft, they do not break even under pressure. The pencils appear strong and my daughter has not yet managed to break one or cause one to splinter......and she can be fairly destructive!
I do recommend these pencils for children. Because they are small, they are also very portable and so they are great to take along with you if you're travelling in order to keep the little darlings amused!