Product Type: Crayola Art / Craft
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Supertips - Superpens
Crayola Supertips Washable Lavable
Member Name: arleek
Crayola Supertips Washable Lavable
Advantages: Bright, good quality, last a long time
Disadvantages: Felt tips can sometimes cause chaos when in the wrong hands
Both my girls love to draw, and have done since they were able to hold a pen. My oldest who is 4, spends most of her spare time drawing, colouring and doing puzzles; and over the last 6 months or more my 3 year old has also learnt that you use pens in colouring books or on paper rather than the settee or the carpet. So I do not mind spending the money to make sure their felt tip supply is constantly topped up.
These Crayola Supertips are not usually cheap, averaging from about £2.99 up to £3.50, but they are quite regularly on offer in most supermarkets, and I often pick up a couple of packs for £2. I always buy Crayola because you can rely on the quality of colour, the brightness and the fact that they are washable. These Supertips come in a pack of 12, and are slim line (the thickness of a pencil) to hold, the nib is quite chunky but also has a pointy end - they are sort of like the next stage up from chunky 'baby' felt tips. You receive a good range of colours within this pack - red, blue, yellow, green, purple, pink, orange, peach, light green, grey, brown and black.
**Using The Pens**
My children love to use these pens, firstly because there is a wide range of colours to choose from, which are very vibrant when on the paper, but also because they produce a good thick line when you are colouring. The pens are also very smooth to use, I can often be seen laid on the living room floor with my 3 year old (she won't colour alone) and I find the pens are lovely to use, they glide over the paper beautifully.
I find that the pens can last through quite a large quantity of pages in our colouring books before they start to dry out. I think my children are quite abnormal with the amount of colouring they do, so perhaps these pens do not last as long in our house as they would in the house of a 'normal' child. My kids can rattle off 3 or 4 pictures before school in a morning, then another bunch before tea. And in between that there is me and my youngest doing a few pictures throughout the day, and I am a fusspot when it comes to colouring, I don't like to leave white patches, so you can imagine, these pens cover a lot of miles.
**You Can Draw Too**
The pens are not just used for colouring either, we have lots of blank paper in our 'colouring drawer' and my 4 year old uses the pens to create masterpieces containing dogs, cats, kangaroos, rainbows, clouds, you get the picture (pun intended). And she finds the pens very easy to use to draw extremely detailed and pretty pictures, the fact that the nibs have a pointy end, really helps when she is trying to get the fine detail within her pictures.
So, now we move onto the most important question that is on the tip of your tongue - are they washable? Yes they are, surprisingly so! The only thing I struggle to clean are my 3 year old's hands (she likes to draw on them too), for some strange reason the pens don't seem to clean off skin very well. But it always comes out of clothing, and when my 3 year old has drawn all over my pale blue settee I have quite easily managed to get it clean using a sponge and a weak solution of wash powder.
I love these pens and will continue to buy them for my children, because the quality is brilliant, they last a long time before drying out, the colours are great, and finally because my kids gain an awful lot of enjoyment from them. I think if you don't have felt tips in the house for your kids, then they are missing out on a creative opportunity!
You will find Crayola Supertips in supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco and Sainsburys. Prices vary.
Summary: Great pens for kids
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