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I love stationary, and often have a huge collection of assorted pens, pencils and crayons. Drawing and colouring is therapeutic and enjoyable for both my 5 year old son and I. In addition, it holds many educational benefits. Drawing allows for imagination, creation, and freedom. All of which encourage children to express themselves freely. There are no rules, no boundaries and anything goes. Drawing and colouring is such a simple activity that can be enjoyed at any age and is such fun. All that is needed is a blank canvas, and what will be created waits to be seen.
Crayola are a leading brand that I have used for many years. Their range of art supplies have grown beyond epic proportions. This is what makes them even more exiting. Crayola stand out from the crowd. Their bold colours are just the beginning. When I need a packet of crayons, I generally reach for a Crayola product, as I know the quality is going to be a high standard. Crayola products are also affordable and are at competitive prices, often being not much dearer than other brands.
I often peruse the shelves looking at the art supplies for my son, well, you can never have enough! When I spotted these Crayola twistable Crayons I was intrigued and wondered what was different about them. Were they just a gimmick, or was there a purpose? I took a closer look and was pleased to see the benefits. The crayons are no different from that of a regular crayon; they mark the paper in the same way. Expect, they are ingenious in their design.
The outer shell protecting the lead isn't wooden as we expect it to be; rather it is encased in a semi-transparent plastic casing. The size, shape and feel is almost the same allowing it to sit comfortably in the hand in the same way as a regular pencil. The plastic casing is just as easy to hold and has a good grip. The advantage is that the lead is less likely to break when clanged about or dropped. The lead within can be viewed through the plastic casing. That's not where the genius ends, it gets far more exciting! The top of the pencil casing can be twisted to raise the lead as much or as little as required! No sharpening required! This is a huge plus point as far as I'm concerned.
The twistable crayons allows for colouring to continue, giving more time to be creative. There's no fussing with sharpening which means no mess to clean up or discard. The colours are just as vibrant, and you are getting a good range of colours. There are 12 pencils in the vinyl pouch. There are no lids to worry about, and the lead tips can be saved by lowering the nib when you are finished using the pencils, however, this certainly isn't necessary.
The pencils are no different is size or weight, and can be stored in the same way as any other pencil crayon. We have had our set for quite some time, and they are lasting us very well. Pencil crayons with my son usually end up being broken after a short time from being clunked and dropped. This renders them useless; as each time the pencil is sharpened it breaks again, causing nothing but frustration. The lead of a pencil crayon wears down quite quickly with my overzealous scribbler. With these fabulous twistable crayons the fun never ends, and it's not often that I find I need to twist the lead up, leaving my son to carry on drawing and colouring.
Personally, I love using these, they feel nice in the hand and they draw nicely, too. The selection of colours is great and I don't worry about them breaking or becoming damaged. The quality of them is to a very high standard, and makes them a great product for youngsters to enjoy. The fact that they can easily be twisted up allows children to use them independently. The lead stays in situ once it has been raised.
These are a firm favourite with us, so much so that I've purchased a second pack. These will be my first choice for pencil crayons every time, as they are solid, easy to use and are ingenious. The concept is a good one that works brilliantly. You can expect to pay around £3 for a pack. I found mine in Wilkinson's for just under £3. They have lasted well and keep going.
The added benefit of these crayons is that they all remain the same length, so there are no tiddly pencils in the packet after a time. The fact that they all remain the same size, makes it easy to use and store the crayons, and keeps them looking new and fresh. The plastic barrels remain in good clean condition, with no labels or wood to wear or come away.
These are a firm favourite with us, and are the only pencils we currently own, as I know they can withhold all the creative talent my son has. For approximately £3 for a pack of 12 you are looking at a very good buy and one that is going to be worthwhile. These have outlasted other packets of crayons and are still going strong.
For Christmas 2011 I decided to get my son some art and craft products as stocking fillers and one of the items I chose were the Crayola twistable pencils and this is my review of them.
The twistable pencils come in a thin plastic wallet which features the yellow and green Crayola logo so there is no mistaking the brand. You could keep the pencils in the wallet I suppose as it does feel of a good quality but my son likes to keep his in a pencil case with his other colouring things. There are ten twistable pencils in the pack I got for my son and within the set there is a good range of colours including black, brown, red, yellow, orange and shades of blue and green too.
The actual twistable pencils are made from a clear plastic but with a top and bottom part made from the same colour of the pencil inside. The pencils feature the Crayola name as well as the product name and the black stripes that many of us will be familiar with from crayons when we were younger. The pencils are a good size and perhaps a similar size to an ordinary wooden pencil crayon. My son has no issues in holding these pencils and colouring with them and I find them quite comfortable to hold too.
Now the idea with these twistable pencil crayons is that you twist the bottom of the pencil and the pencil crayon is pushed out of the top of the pencil. I actually think this is a great idea as there is no need for a pencil sharpener if the pencil becomes blunt or broken and you can just twist it up instead. I know many a time we have not been able to locate a sharpener at home and this just solves that issue for us.
My son likes that he can colour really neatly with these pencils and they only really break if he has twisted a bit much out and pressed on too hard on the paper and to be fair normal pencils break in this way too. They have lasted really well so far having been used since Christmas but obviously the more popular colours have less left than those he doesn't use very often which I guess will be a slight issue when they run out.
On amazon you can buy a pack of ten of these twistables for around three pounds currently which includes postage and packing. Whilst I realise you can buy pencil crayons much cheaper than this I think for the quality and ease of use these twistables are a good buy. I would say it would be nice to be able to buy refills for them when they run out rather than having to buy a new set as obviously when they do run out you need to throw the plastic away at the moment. Despite this I still do give them my recommendation.
Thank you for reading my review!
When looking at a product like this, it could be assumed that they are for younger children. They are coloured pencils that are cheap and cool and perfect for kids to have fun colouring with. But, hey - twistables are for everybody!
I used these at high school and they were great. I originally bought them for art class, but soon I was using them at any time - for quick doodles, writing on posters and for when I drew and coloured in my spare time. Obviously, Crayola are a well known brand and these twistables can definitely be trusted.
What I really like about them is they last a long time, and it is also more fun to twist them rather than have to sharpen them when they get blunt. Because you can twist them, you can decide how long you want the pencil tip to be, which is ideal for gaining accuracy when colouring, and I imagine great for children who are learning to colour more neatly. They also don't have the risk of breaking, like a typical coloured pencil, which in my opinion makes these twistables of much better quality.
They come in a range of colours - purple, red, orange, yellow, green blue..the usual, and the shades are ideal, but what I personally loved about these pencils were how they felt in my hand. Because they have a plastic coating, I found that they were easier to use because I could get a better grip around them. It's alsoa bonus for the little ones because it reduces the risk of them chewing the pencil, which we all know is a bad habit :).
The pencils do however in my opinion resemble crayons more than they do actual pencils, so not as much pressure is needed to apply when colouring in. Ideal for making the colours last longer.
They come in a typical yellow and green crayola packet, and there is 10 pencils altogether. They can be bought for as little as £2 in any arts and craft shop or online. I have however seen them in shops like poundland and pound stretcher too, so they are easy to get hold of, and are a sweet bargain.
If you are young (or older!) and looking for fun pencils to colour with, that last a long time, are high quality, and a good alternative to a typical pencil, then this product is more than ideal. They are in my opinion more appealing due to them being 'twistables' and they save the time of having to do the old chore of sharpening them, and they are great for any type of art work. I would definitely recommend them.