My little girl wants to join in with her older siblings while they are doing arts and crafts. The problem is as she is only one year old the paint or pens end up everywhere. While browsing Amazon I came across these markers and as we like other pens from the Crayola range I decided to give them a try. What pulled me in was the promise of the ink being fully washable without any soap or scrubbing. These pens are designed for children from one year plus and so as you would expect they are designed for children.
They are the perfect size for young babies to hold in their hand and grip easily. They are larger than other toddler pens we own, but my little girl is able to hold them without any problems. They also have a perfectly rounded nib which is made up of foam like material. This is perfect for teething babies who are constantly putting things to their mouth. As there is no nib to bite on she uses them for the proper purpose of colouring rather than a chew toy. Of course any young child should be supervised just in case they do manage to eat the nibs.
In the pack you receive a range of colours for your little artist's pictures. What we love about beginnings markers is that the colours are all bright and bold. There is no need to put too much pressure on the tip of the pen; as soon as the pen touches the paper the colour is very vivid. This helps your child create bold and bright pictures with minimum fuss. Each colour is different to the next so you have a variety of colours to choose from. So with each stroke my little girl is able to create a large line, which is great as with crayons and pencils she comes a bit irritated.
Now the reason I decided on these markers was the washable promise. This has proven to be true but I have found most of the Crayola range to be child friendly. Even if she manages to cover her arms and legs in pen and quick wash and the pen disappears I do use soap and a little scrubbing but it comes away from skin easily. I also find that at a low degree wash the colour comes out with no need to pre treat. This makes cleaning up after so much easier and one of the main reasons I will buy them again.
When it comes to colouring the markers work well for younger children as it produces thick lines quickly. For older children it is more difficult as there is no point to the pen it is impossible to make smaller detail. I think that limits the age range a little as my four year old little girl becomes frustrated at not being able to draw everything that she wanted to without it just looking like large dots.
My only downside is that the description says that these pens can be used at any angle. This for us is just not true. My little girl just tends to pick up the marker any way she likes and scribbles on the page. Her tiny hands have yet to master the art of controlling a pen and these markers can be annoying. Unless the pen is held upright it will not work. The round nib is great at colouring large areas at once, but if you tilt the pen in any way it just doesn't work. This again makes it difficult for my older children to use as they hold pens at a slanted position to write.
I would recommend these markers as they create bold colour quickly, which is perfect for younger babies with low concentration spans. There are some design flaws, but they are perfect for children between 1 and 3 who are just learning how to use a pen. At around £2 for 8 markers they are great value for money and they are available at supermarkets and toy stores.
Crayola felt tips have always seemed to be in my household, ever since I was little. From a young age I've been creative and now being an art student; a pack of felt tips have become imperative. I've tried many other felt tips such as Berol but I always seem to prefer Crayola.
One of the big appeals of them are the vibrant aray of colours that don't loose their intensity once on the paper. Another factor to their appeal is that they do not run out as easily as other felt tips such as Berol.
Being a student, I always search for a good bargain and these were just that being priced at £2.99.
The pack contained 8 felt tip markers consisting of Black, Brown, Purple, Orange, Green, Yellow, Red & Blue.
Although these pens are designed specifically for children aged 12 months + demonstrated by their non-stain qualities and secure nibs, I still find that these features are useful to both children and adult.
The pens themselves allow you to make bold marks of varying thickness depending how you hold it, which again is very useful to someone like me who is creating more "sophisticated" art or to a child who just wants to have a doodle.
The box claims quite boldly that they are "super washable markers that rinse off without soap". This yet again was something that attracted me to the pens because there is nothing like being able to get cleared up quickly and effortlessly after using them. I've had some very messy experiences with previous felt tips where I've managed to get them all over the side of my hands or end up getting it on my carpet. However Crayola's claim is very much true, it literally takes a dab of water to get the pens off of anything.
I recommend these pens to both children, teens and adults if not for the pen's useful features but for the nostalgic qualities to Crayola felt tips.
Let the creativity flow...
This product started out as 'Kids First Washable Markers' and has since developed into two different products. The first, which looks the same as above, is 'Super Washable Markers' and the second is 'Crayola Beginnings First Markers' which are a chunky, toddler version of these. I'm reviewing the Super Washable Markers as they are the closer descendant of the product listed here (and the one we own!).
You can find these markers in supermarkets, stationary shops and from online stores like Amazon and Play.com for around £3 - £4 for a packet of 8 markers. That is quite a high price for a packet of felt tip pens, especially when you consider that Tesco Value have a packet of 12 on sale in store for less than 50p! Is there any reason to fork out for these Crayola marker pens then? Yes - read on.
For starters, when you buy cheap felt tip pens, you get what you pay for. There's a reason that most cheap felt tip pens are thin and light - they've got hardly anything in them! Kids manage about ten or twenty pictures with the cheap pens, and then get frustrated to find them empty. With these Crayola Markers, the grandson has had well over a hundred pictures out of his packet so far - and counting. They last noticeably longer than the cheap pens do, which is less frustrating for kids (they run out less often) and more convenient for parents.
The best bit is of course that these pens are washable. They don't just claim to be washable - they really are! The grandson drew all over his face the other week, he'd decided he was going to be a cat and just went ahead and decorated himself (no comments about supervision thanks). We managed to get the pen off his face in a matter of minutes, with no hints of staining left behind. It comes off his hands pretty easily too, though sometimes it takes an adult to wipe a flannel over it after his childish attempt has only taken half of it off. They're very washable, but some effort is required of course.
The colours are all bright and the ink flows easily from these pens, making them easy and fun for kids to draw with. I do think the price is a little bit higher than it needs to be, but at the same time, I really can't fault the claims or quality. I think these deserves four stars from me. When they do run out, we'll replace them with the same again and won't bother with cheapy hand-staining annoyances in the future.
My son loves drawing and will often prefer sitting drawing or making a picture than playing with toys. He had the crayola crayons, which were great, so I decided to expand his art box by purchasing some of the markers from Crayola too.
These came in a pack of 8 markers consisting of Purple, Orange, Black, Brown, Blue, Green, Yellow and Red. They are a good size for smaller tots, as they are really chunky and easy to hold. The lid on them clicks into place, and it's only recently (at almost 19 months) that my son has been able to take the lid off by himself.
The best thing about these markers is that the colours are so bright and clear. My son much prefers them to his crayons now as they glide across the paper much easier and are so easy to draw with.
The next best thing is how washable they are. A list of things that my little one has drawn on includes- the carpet, his hands, his trousers, the sofa and the wall. All of these things washed up without any staining whatsoever- great when he has friends round and they want to draw, as that always ends up as a melee of scribbles everywhere but the paper!
You can buy these from most toy shops, and they can usually be spotted in supermarkets such as Tesco. They are also sold on Amazon. Usually they cost around about the £2 mark, but often there are deals on where they are cheaper if bought with another product, which is how I bought them. The recommended age is 12 months plus.
These felt tip pens for kids are an excellent product. I bought these as they are washable and when letting my daughter have free reign with felt tips I really need to know that i can clear up any accidents afterwards!
This is a product which really does what it says it does. I have successfully washed them off the walls, hands and bodies, clothes, the carpet and even, just this week my sofa. The pen had been on the sofa overnight and all it took to et it off was a wipe with a damp flannel. OK so my sofa is brown and I haven't tried it on a white or pale one but I'm sure I would have confide in this product to come off anything easily. My daughter is now old enough to progress to the more fine type of pen nib but is not old enough not to get them where they should not be - I'm only sorry that Crayola don't make a more grown-up pen that I could move her on to.
These Crayola first markers are great pens and cost me around £2.99 for my son who is nearly two years old. He is nearly at that age when he likes to draw on things so we got him this 8 pack of pens and a colouring in book. The pack says they are for children from 12 months but I think to be honest with you the age he is now is ideal.
The pens are all brightly coloured and come in blue, brown, purple, orange, yellow, green, red and black. Although I have no real experience at the moment to compare them with others on the market I like these as they have no odour so your child can't sniff them, they are supposed to be easy to wash off and they have a secure nib so your child can't eat the nibs.
I have to admit my son likes to eat anything at the moment but there is no danger of the tops of these coming off as they are on really tight. Plus the best thing is that he has got the pen marks all over his hands and with a bit of soap and water is really easy to rinse off as it says on the packet, so that's perfect. If he writes on walls and other things like that then it's still not that easy to get off though! On clothes again you can't get it all out unless you stick it in the washing machine. But at least it comes off skin easy which is useful as so many out there are not washable.
The nibs on the pens are like a dome shape at the top and are very rounded in shape. They can make strokes at any angle you want due to their specific design and as they are all brightly coloured they will keep your child interested. My son has already sat there for a while drawing away and it's quite hard to get him to concentrate on anything for long.
Overall, in my opinion I can recommend these to any parent whose child is in this age range of between a year and half up and at the price they are it's pretty good value.
I dread to think how many felt tips and markers I have bought in my time as a parent - I do try and encourage more eco-friendly alternatives like paints and crayons, but somehow there is nothing like felt tips to get my little artists adrawing.
I purchased a packet of these Kid's First Markers this morning as they are currently (April 2009) at the bargain price of £1.60 (rrp £2) at Tesco. We have purchased other markers in the range before but not this pack- I have to say I am really impressed.
The markers are a nice chunky size which appears to be just right for my two and a half year old's pudgy little hand - the pack says they are suitable from age 1. I have been training her to put the lids back on all pens as her not doing so drives me (and her sister) completely mad and leads to waste as the pens dry up. These pens' lids are easy enough to pull on and, more importantly to me put back on.
What makes these pens different is the actual nib, which the manufacturer describes as "gumball". They are shorter than the norm and more rounded and seem to be well designed for the younger child to angle - in any case I am absolutely thrilled that with this pen my daughter has drawn her very first balloon - it was actually recognisable - so success in my book.
The markers are supposed to be easy to wash off - many pens make this claim and they are not, however in this case I am happy to say that the pens live up to the claim, those podgy hands are clean with no scrubbing required, the green has left some slight trace but apart from that good as new! A little mark on her white t-shirt came off well too.
Overall I am really impressed with these pens though design wise it would have been nice to have a box that folded back so the child could see the colours that were in the box and pull them out and put them back in - we have put them in a pot on her craft table instead. These pens would make a fantastic first birthday present with a colouring book and are the right size to be slipped into a handbag and taken on restaurant trips - always good.
I would thoroughly recommend these pens as a first foray into using felt tips - the colour range is not huge but wide enough to provide plenty of fun. At the bargain price I paid they are almost worth stocking up on as the cheap pens just do not last as long as the crayola branded pens.
As my son has recently discovered that some things, a biro, will leave marks on other things, the sofa!! I decided I would buy him some crayons. He just wanted to chew those, so when I saw these markers the next time I was out shopping I thought I'd give them a try!
It is a pack of 8 markers, Black, Red, Blue, Green, Purple, Orange, Yellow and Brown. RRP is £2.99 (available on amazon for £2.39 currently) Designed for children ages 12 months+.
I have seen them on sale in many highstreet shops and supermarkets as well as online.
The nib is a secure nib so can't be pulled out by those curious fingers! It is described on the box as a gumball nib and is wide and rounded which it is stated enabling your child to achieve bold strokes of colour at every angle.
It is stated on the box that these are super washable markers that rinses off without soap! I was sceptical about this however can confirm that this is in fact true. The first time they were used there was blue everywhere. He'd decided to see if it tasted nice so was blue all round his mouth, as he'd moved it towards the paper he'd drawn on his leg, then it was all over his hand. Then my beige carpet too!!!! However I grabbed a baby wipe and within a minute it was all cleared up. Even off the carpet.
Lesson learnt, must make sure that next time we're colouring to strap him in his highchair and we colour on paper on the table.
I was surprised that in addition to the body artwork and extra colour added to the carpet he also managed to actually draw a few lines on the paper. And the nib though intially I though may be difficult for him to make his mark on the paper did what it said and was easy for him to use!!
The colours are bold and therefore very appealing to small children
The only thing I don't like is that the lids are difficult to take off and put back but at least I'm then in control of how many colours we're using!!!!
Crayola- Kids First Markers...
On a recent shopping trip to our new local store of Tesco Extra I just couldn't hep walking down the kids aisle to see what they had on offer as I found these brilliant pens.
I cost me around the £2.50 pence price for these eight different coloured pens from the popular brand Crayola. They are designed for children over the age of 12 months and so far, these are the best pens that I have seen that are suitable for this age range. The eight separate colours are blue, purple, brown, orange, yellow, green, red and black. It states on the packet that the pen rinses off without soap and that they have a secure nib.
Both of the above statements are true and I was pretty surprised how easy the pen actually washed off Jacks hands (and the slash of blue pen across his face came off well too!) On clothes, it took a proper wash in the machine to completely rid the pens mark but you could get the majority out with a damp sponge and a bit of soap and water.
The nibs on these pens are probably what makes them more different that any other pens I have seen and most probably, why they are suitable for children of 12 months and over. The nib on each one is more like a small dome shape of sponge at the tip, rather than the longer nib I am used to seeing on Crayola marker pens. On the back of the packet it says that they call this type of nib a gumball nib and it allows strokes at any angle. At first, I thought that this would make it difficult to draw with because even though they had said it could draw at any angle could it really. Nevertheless, it seemed this statement was also true.
Of course, at the moment Jack is only scribbling and holding the pen in what appears to be a rather awkward angle. These facts however did not seem to make it any more difficult for the pen to issue the ink out. Each time he had a go of scribbling the ink would come out pretty well.
The colours of the pens are very good and strong even though they are so washable. All in all I think the price was pretty reasonable for such a high quality product as Crayola have created here. Jack really enjoys using them and at the moment its all he seems to want to play with so I would say they are a purchase well bought. Crayola are a good brand and have done well with these First markers 10/10.
My daughter loves to draw. The big problem in our house is stopping her from drawing on things she shouldn't-bank statement, the walls etc! She's had colouring pencils and crayons only for a while, because I couldn't stand the thought of the mess felt tip pens would make. Then someone brought her these pens. At first I wasn't going to let her have them, but as they said easy clean up I decided to not be so mean! And I'm glad I did. They really are easy clean up. No more walking around with felt tip on your hands for three days, waiting for the marks to fade. These wash out with soap and water. They also come out of clothes in a normal wash, without the need for soaking. Then the inevitable happened. She found a pen when she was alone, and drew on the table, (big pictures as well, not a little bit). However, a quick wipe with a damp cloth, and the marks were all gone. The pens themselves are in ten bright colours, and are chubby, so they are easier for little fingers to hold. They also are lasting really well. The nibs haven't split and gone all bitty, despite the fact they are being used by a two year old. They are well worth buying if you want your child to have felt tip pens, because they take the worry out of cleaning up behind them!
These felt tip pens are designed for very young children and are filled with washable ink that rinses off of skin. Recommended for kids aged 3 and up.