“ Brand: Crayola / Type: Craft Supplies / Age: 3 Years+ „
As usual at Christmas time I had a number of family members asking what my girle would like, both my girls love creativity and reading and so generally this is what I tell people then at least if there are duplicate items it is items that will generally be of use.
One of the presents my youngest daughter who is 2 was given was this packet of crayons, I generally don't like the girsl having crayons due to the fact of them getting trodden into the carpet but as they were given them I have allowed them to play with the crayons although I am like a woman possessed if one is dropped onto the floor!
These crayons are from Crayola which is a great brand in my opinion and was around when I was a little girl which is quite some time ago now. The crayons are washable which is fantastic as even though my eldest knows not to draw on herself my youngest is just really getting to grips with colouring whilst not making a mess.
The crayons came in a bright yellow cardboard box with a bit of dark green on it and the Crayola logo, there is a gap in the front of the box and you can see the crayons inside, there are, pink, red, blue, green, brown, yellow, black and purple. I think the colpurs are a decent range for a young child to have as they don't need to be getting confused with different shades of colours when they are just getting to know the basic.
The crayons are pretty chunky so they are easy for small hands to hold and they are slightly triangular rather than the usual circular crayons you get. The crayons like all crayons do break but as they are chunkier than most they are a little bit stronger so seem to snap less.
The best thing with these crayons is that they really are washable as my daughter has managed to draw on her clothing a couple of times now and they wash out at a normal temperature with no extras in the wash.
My daughter loves playing with her crayons and she seems to be able to use them better than pencils which I think is because of the chunkiness. The colours are very bright and they form colour on paper very easily without having to go over the colour over again. I have seen this pack in Asda for £2 which I think is a pretty decent price for a decent brand and them being washable so I recommend them.
This set of crayons was given to my daughter as a present about a year ago. The set comes in a small, bright yellow cardboard pack, and the crayons themselves sit in a sort of corrugated plastic tray. Even a year later we still store the crayons in the box and it is still in good condition, so the packaging is definitely pretty decent.
Inside the box are eight crayons in a range of colours, so there is pretty much everything a young one could need to create a masterpiece.
What I like about these crayons is that they seem to be pretty strong. Despite a fair bit of use over the year or so we've had them, only one has broken in half, and they don't seem to run down quickly either. They are quite thick which I think helps to stop them snapping, but they are not too thick to become difficult or annoying for slightly older children to grip.
When using these to do colouring, they offer nice even coverage and the colours are bright and clear. They are fun and easy to use and compared to other crayons I have tried these are up there with the best!
Not a fave
However the negative for us is that my daughter definitely seems to like her felt tips better! Although she does use these now and then, she has always had a preference for pens so we have not got quite as much use out of these as I would have liked and, now she is three, I doubt she will be using them much more if at all.
So a perfectly good set of crayons, but they haven't been a favourite in our craft box.
These are available online for around £2-3 and are suitable for ages 12 months and upwards.
My daughter is 22 months old and from a very early age has loved to colour and paint (well, scribble anyway). I bought her loads of crayons and pencil crayons, and at first all was well. But then the cheeky little thing decided to colour my walls... and I'm not joking! She would happily scribble all over our cream walls. If ever there was a rogue crayon, she'd spot it! Fed up of repainting the walls, when I saw these crayons, my prayers were answered and I promptly swapped her crayons for these ones!
They cost exactly £2 from Asda for a pack of 8 crayons with the following colours: blue, pink, red, yellow, blue/purple, blue/green, green and brown. There are packs of 16 and 24 available for slightly more money, but they offer more colours. The crayons are chunky which makes for easy grasp and grip, and they are ergonimically shaped for little fingers - sort of triangular instead of smooth/round which is fantastic as it means that little one can control the movement of the crayon and keep a firm grasp.
The crayons are quite tough compared to their rivals as they are so chunky, this means they are less likely to snap (although they do snap as my 22 month old has proven!) so they will last longer. They colour just as well and as easily as normal shaped crayons, but they are much easier for a toddler to hold.
The best thing about the crayons is that they really are washable. If my daughter gets crayon on her clothes, instead of having to throw them away (after hours of scrubbing, stain removers, washing etc and still not removing the stain) - they simply go in the washer as normal and the stain comes straight out. If she ever colours on the walls (and she has) then all it takes is a quick wipe with a baby wipe or damp cloth - no need for cleaning products or a lot of physical effort.
My daughter still has her other crayons but I only bring these out for supervised periods - if I know that I might get distracted (ie. phone ringing or someone knocking on the door) then I leave out the washable ones, as I know that in the few seconds I am away she will no doubt colour somewhere she shouldn't and at least then it can be easily removed!
£2 seems a lot for crayons but they do last and they are good quality - much better than other brands or cheaper versions. It also means a lot of saved time, money and effort on attempting to remove marks from non-washable crayons, so it's a big 5 stars from me!
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I've always been a bit of an artist and have encouraged my children from a very young age to be creative, to use their imaginations and be expressive. Colouring books, drawing pads and crayons are a great way of stimulating a child's creativity but can raise the problem of scribble happy toddlers covering your home in their doodles and I'm not talking about the "pin the artwork on the fridge" fashion.
Crayola Large Washable Crayons are chunky wax crayons which come as part of an expanding Crayola Washable range. They are designed to provide the same bright colours while being easily washable from household surfaces. Each crayon follows the traditional Crayola style, its body wrapped in a sheet of paper indicating its specific colour, they are non-toxic meaning they are safe for youngsters to use and there's no need to panic should an over zealous toddler bite off a chunk of their favourite shade. An 8 pack of the crayons will cost in the region of £1.99 and comes with the following colours- blue, carnation pink, red, yellow, blue violet, blue green, green, and brown, these give you a good range of basic colours which will allow you to draw nice pictures without feeling too restricted by colour choice, however for more freedom with colours you'll need one of the larger cartons, packs of 16 and 24 are also available, as well as packs of regular sized crayons in the washable variety.
My little ones Christopher and Elsa are 4 and 2 years old, and while my 4 year old is pretty in control of his colouring my 2 year old simply takes delight in large swirls of bright colour. I've always tried to make sure they know that the drawing must stay on the paper and generally they're very good at this however you simply need to turn your back for a few minutes and Elsa has decorated the table, television, wall........whatever surface she happens to be nearest, Christopher did similar when he was the same age and I found myself having to take the crayons away and only bring them out for strictly supervised periods, I didn't want to have to return to this so washable crayons are quite a live saver in this respect, they allow me to leave the children playing creatively, giving them a feeling of independence and responsibility while I can get the housework done, knowing all the while they're having fun and not destroying the living room.
The crayons are a great thickness for smaller hands, even Christopher can find the regular thin crayons a bit fiddly, but these chunky ones mean that toddlers can get a good grip of them allowing them to draw freely, they're also less likely to snap them which is a problem I always find with regular sized crayons. I thought the washable aspect of the crayons may effect the colours of texture of the crayons but they are just the same as regular crayons, vivid in their tones and applying easily and evenly to the paper, they don't take any extra effort in order to get an mark on the paper which is great considering the limited strength of a 2 year old.
Fortunately we don't get too many crayon incidents, for now anyway, but on the occasions when Elsa has decided her artwork would look better on my dining table or TV screen I've found the washable crayons are genuinely washable. Ok yes regular crayons are washable from certain surfaces like gloss painted walls etc... but from more porous surfaces such as unvarnished wood (like my coffee table!) you can never completely remove the stain and it takes an awful lot of cleaning product and physical effort, however with Crayola washable crayons all you need is a warm damp cloth and a minimal amount of elbow grease, depending on how hard the marks have been made of course! The colour also washes out of clothes easily not requiring soaking or stain removal products, I have been unlucky in the past to have purchased crayons that have left marks on my little ones clothes which I've never been able to remove, but you don't have that worry with Crayola washables.
My kids love to colour and draw and while £1.99 for 8 crayons seem like a lot it balances out when you consider the amount of work you'll save yourself from cleaning up drawings from where they shouldn't be and the money you'll spend on extra cleaning products. I have a selection of many different crayons and have always found that Crayola provide the best quality and variety of colours, what I would recommend though is sticking with a range of cheaper, standard Crayola crayons for when you can easily keep an eye on your little ones and the washable ones for when you may just end up a little distracted, after all it only takes the phone to ring, baby to cry, postman to call...........any small thing to take your focus away for a second, and believe me a second is all they need to create chaos!
Perfect coloring book crayons for little hands. Crayons you remember from your childhood except washable. The washable formula was designed to wipe off most walls and non-porous household surfaces with just warm water and a sponge. The package contains 8 different colors; red, blue, green, brown, blue violet, yellow, carnation pink and blue green.