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My 2 year old daughter loves to draw (scribble!) so she has a bottom drawer in the kitchen to store paper and colouring pencils etc. I also had a few colouring pencils in the car however, obviously being colouring pencils they often needed sharpening and when you are driving or when you simply don't have a sharpener handy ie in the car, then colouring pencils become a bit of a nuisance. So, when in Asda recently, I noticed they were selling a 12 pack of Crayola Twistable Crayons for £2 which I thought was good value and bought a pack primarily to keep in the car.
My daughter was very excited when we bought these crayons and couldn't wait to get home to use them. Firstly there was a bigger range of colours than her other basic colouring pencil pack, so she had a few new colours/shades that interested her. I would say that most of the main colours are included in this pack so children should be able to colour in almost any colouring book page with these. My daughter isn't at the stage where she can colour in a picture properly and at 2, simply scribbles over the picture, but I do try and encourage to pick the correct colour for the picture so these crayons are good for that.
The main reason I bought these crayons was the fact that being twistables they do not require sharpening and for that reason they are great. THe tip on each one is fairly big as it is a crayon rather than pencil, but that is ideal for my daughter. We have only recently had to twist up a couple of crayons that had been used a lot and the brilliant thing is, that in the car I can manage to twist the crayon to push up the coloured tip even if I am driving (although obviously when I am driving very slowly on a quiet road!!).
These crayons are not as thick as other basic crayons that my daughter keeps in her drawer, which I think are better designed for encouraging pencil control. I think these twistable crayons are thinner and therefore she finds them a little more difficult to hold properly, unlike the small basic crayons - but then again I know they are primarily designed for older children, so I'm not overly worried about this, and it certainly isn't a criticism.
The other benefits of these crayons is that they don't break unlike other basic crayons as they actual wax crayon stick is inside a plastic tube and there is also no paper to peel unlike many other basic crayons as you use them .
All in all, these are great even for my little toddler to use. They won't break, I don't need a sharpener or I don't have to peel back any paper, and they are brilliant colours. A great buy for any child!
I'm always on the look out for new colouring supplies for my little girl and boy because inevitably the ones we have get lost, get broken, get chewed by the dog etc so we always need to replenish our stock. I love Crayola products and am a big fan of their crayons but I wanted something a little bit more robust than crayons this time as they always seem to break in half when we drop them on the floor and for some reason they are like crack to my dog, he can sniff them out a mile off and then eats them and has quite cool multicoloured poo but it annoys my kids so when I saw these Crayola Twistable pencils I thought they looked ideal.
These are basically coloured pencils that come in a plastic casing, much like a biro pen and on order to move the stick on coloured pencil up to be able to write with it you just twist the bottom of the pen. The pencil moves up easily and well and it stays up well too so you never have to worry about it collapsing back into the plastic and having to keep on twisting it up.
Crayola describe them as such, "Crayola Twistable Coloured Pencils put a new spin on creativity. See the leads twisting inside the clear barrels. There's no sharpening needed, just twist the end and you are ready.
There's a nice selection of colours in the pack. There are 10 pencils and there is a red, orange, purple, yellow, pink, green, brown, black and two shades of blue, all the colours you need to draw lots of interesting pictures and to get the colours right. You can tell what colour you have picked according to the pencil. For example, the yellow pen has a yellow coloured plastic nib and the part you twist at the end is yellow too and the same goes for all the other colours.
I'm not sure why but a pack of 10 of these pencils were on sale in WIlkinson's for the ridiculously cheap price of just £0.68 and I think for that price I should have bought two packs. The quality is amazing and I would of expected to pay and was willing to pay quite a few pounds for them so was excited to see that they were less than £1. The raw materials themselves probably came to more than that but oh well, I got a great bargain.
My little boy and girl really have a lot of fun with these pencils. My three year old has already figured out how to work them which is not hard really but I like the fact that you can twist them down again so the end does not get broken off like it would with a normal pencil. The top of the pencil doesn't come to a point, it's a bit more flat and round but if you draw with it on the edge at an angle you can get quite a nice think line or you can draw with it flat and get a fairly thick line so there are different way to use these pencils.
All in all a great, hassle free, fun way to draw.
My Mam always bought me and my sister the Crayola range when we were little and now both my Mam and myself always buy them for my daughters. A few weeks ago Sophie was going to stay in the caravan and my Mam had come across a packet of these cheaply in Asda so she bought her them to take with her.
The pencils currently costs £2.40 for a packet of 10 or £8 for a case of 32 on Amazon with free delivery and I will be buying Sophie a case for her birthday as they are brilliant.
The pencils come in a strong plastic wallet so you can keep them stored inside when not in use which is great in our house as it makes them easy to keep away from my youngest daughter who would probably break them. The packet has a cardboard inner which is pretty brightly coloured, it's mainly green and yellow which of course is the Crayola colours. It states on the packet that there is no need for sharpening which is fantastic in my opinion as we are always losing pencil sharpeners and then when they do sharpen them the shavings end up everywhere.
Inside the packet you get ten pencils which from the colours on the ends of the pencils are peach, yellow, dark blue, dark green, purple, light blue, red, light green, grey and orange. The pencils are made of plastic but shaped like a pencil with a hole at the end for the inner to come out of, the name of the pencils is written up the side of each one.
To use the pencil you simply hold the little coloured end and twist the rest of the pencil, the inner comes out pretty easily so one twist is enough to get some of the lead out and the lead stays out well and doesn't retract inside the casing. The best thing about these is the colours as they are really striking and bold colours, the colours don't actually completely match the ends of the pencils and in fact the peach one is actually brown and the grey one is actually black.
These pencils are great, they can stay in the packet so they are easy to transport, they are easy to use and the lead doesn't wear down too quickly and the colours are really lovely much better than normal pencils. Considering these don't cost much more than a normal packet of Crayola pencils I would go for these everytime for my eldest however I won't let my 2 year old use them as I know she will end up twisting them all the way out and breaking them. 5 stars from us and I plan to buy the bigger pack for a better colour range. Great quality, great colours, decent price
As a keen drawer, I regularly use crayola twistable pencils for my pictures. Crayola is a well recognised brand so you know from the offset that you are buying a decent product. The colours you get depend on whether you get the wallet pack or the larger case. I always go for the 12 pack as that's more than enough colours for what I need. The pencils work by twisting the end, and then the colouring part comes down through the tip. They are used in the same way as normal pencils, but without the hassle of having to sharpen them when they get low. Instead, you just twist out a bit more! With these pencils you have to be careful not to twist too much of the crayon out otherwise it can snap off when you're colouring and that's just a bit of a waste. However, I highly recommend these pencils for anybody who likes to colour in, kids included!
I don't really use crayola as much as when I was little. Not shocking as college work is a bit different from the happy colouring-in work you get in secondary and primary school. However, when I do get the occasional need for colouring in, I whip out my dusty colouring pencil case and use these very trusty crayola twistables that I've had for many years now.
There are 12 of them altogether. They usually come in a small plastic case which allows you to take a twistable out and put it back inside with ease. It ensures a promising tidy room after you let your kids play with them I'm sure.
To use these pencils, all you have to do is twist the small part at the bottom and let the pencil come through the plastic case. I always though that this was a pretty good thing to add to a pencil as it takes away that messy hassle of pencil sharpening. I always recalled letting the shavings go on the floor so I wouldn't be surprised if schools now supply these instead of ordinary pencils.
The quality of the pencil is pretty good. It colours what it needs to colour with as much quality as you'd normally expect although I doubt there is the quality that real artists are looking for with these. However, they're good enough for kids.
Overall, there a great buy for your kids or even you if you feel you'll use them. There cheap, clean and seeing its crayola, you know its good quality.
Right I'm back into reviewing again. Since the birth of my daughter last week my son has had the pleasure in also being spoilt with various gifts. These Crayola twistables I had purchased several weeks ago from Asda. They were on offer with various other stationary items at about £1.20.
So what are they? Crayola as you know if the most famous make of crayon paint and pencils related to children. These Crayola twistables are crayons with a difference. They look more like pens as each individual crayon is in it's own plastic pen style that is twistable so as soon as a crayon has been worn down you simply twist the end to reveal more crayon. It saves the mess made from smaller crayons and bits of paper being left which you rip away when the crayon runs low. No more broken crayon halves being found around childs room.
Each twistable is about 3 times the length of an average crayon. They come in a plastic wallet so can easily be kept together.
Crayola describes them as a wax pencil with an added twist.
They are not suitable from under 3 years of age.
Each pack contains 12 crayons of varying colours. My son loves using these however they are not thin like pencils so when colouring he does tend to go over the lines where they are thicker like crayons are.
If you still can't picture how these work they are the same style as the lead pencils which you can refill the lead bits with and twist the bottom to reveal more lead.
I am glad I got him these now. The only down fall will be when they run out they aren't
refillable, but seeing as I got them on offer anyway I would buy some more.
I used these crayons for my art work at home and found them great they are different to ordinary crayons because they don't break and it feels like you are drawing with a colouring pencil instead of a crayon.When you put the pencils away all you need to do is twist the pencil and they also last a long time and never need sharpening.The only thing about these is that your can't do any details with them they are best used for large areas that need colouring in it would be very good for children because they are covered in plastic so they are safe to use.Children would also enjoy twisting them in and out.
I always thought that Crayola was an expensive brand name but after using these I feel if you want something that lasts and is of good quality then by Crayola because it gives you the best results. We paid about £2.50 and was worth it because we wouldn't of bought crayons if we hadn't have seen these they are a fun and interesting way to brighten up a picture.
I often think i would love to have a 'eureka' moment when i come up with an idea that would revolutionise not only mine but other peoples lives but alas to date i have not.
However I do believe Crayola have done it worth their latest range of twistable. I have bought both the Crayons and Felt tips and have not yet regretted buying either. The crayons have a tough outer plastic sheath protecting the crayon within, which does not snap even when trod on, driven over and used as a drumstick.
They come in 12 funky colours and don't need sharpening just winding which also saves on mess. My daughter calls them her 'special colours' as she thinks they are grown up ones because they feel more like pens rather than a child's crayon which adds to the attraction.
They are quite reasonable priced too especially when you factor in they don't break as often. The plastic case is also quite hardwearing so can be used for quite a while encouraging your child to replace ALL the colours when finished colouring in.
Although not reviewing the felts the twisting action removes the need for lids and therefore stops that annoying 'where is the yellow lid' search and so keeps the felts moist for longer. It also takes away the dangers on lids being swallowed or stuck into other places they should not (ear, nose etc).
My daughter loves colouring and I have always tried to encourage her "creativity". However over the years, I have become fed up with buying box after box of wax crayons which, after a few hours of general use, end up either broken, melted or on one occasion, trodden into the carpet. So whilst shopping in WH Smiths I bought a pack of Crayola Twistables in the hope that my daughter could still enjoy colouring without the waste and mess.
The pack of 12 Twistables cost £2.49, which initially seemed quite expensive when compared to the price of standard crayons, but having tried them out I feel are well worth the extra outlay.
The pack I bought contained a good selection of vibrant coloured crayons which can be stored in the re-useable vinyl case they come packaged in. The crayons themselves consist of a thin stick of wax, about the same length as a pencil, encased in a protective plastic tube.
To use, simply twist the end of the barrel to propel the crayon and begin colouring. The wax stick is about three times the size of a normal crayon and lasts for quite a long time, with the transparent barrel allowing you to see how much wax is left inside. After use, the wax stick can be retracted inside the tube to preserve it.
In my opinion, Twistables are much better than ordinary crayons because they don't break during normal use, there is no waste due to sharpening them, no annoying peel-off paper or cross-contamination of the colours inside the storage box and best of all, there is no mess.
My only criticism lies in the fact that during use, the tip of the crayon becomes quite flat and rounded making detailed edging and precision colouring quite difficult. An ordinary crayon would simply be sharpened to a point, but this doesn't appear possible with Twistables without over-propelling the wax stick, which could result in it snapping.
In conclusion, I would say that Crayola Twistables are very practical, good quality crayons which represent excellent value for money.
Crayola Twistables are regular crayons but with a big difference! Instead of the usual short wax sticks covered in thin paper, the Twistables look more like colouring pens and come in a plastic casing. By twisting the ends, the tips of the crayons protrude just as much as you need them to. I find these crayons absolutely fantastic! They are less prone to breaking than regular crayons and last for a long time. The only way to break them, is if your child twists the crayons all the way out, which happened to us a few times in the past but by now my son understands that's not the way to go. Perhaps that's why the manufacturer's recommended age is 4+ otherwise it would be suitable for much younger children as well.
There are different sets available in various sizes and colour schemes. We have the largest 32-piece pack, which comes in a sturdy plastic box with a carry handle. The plastic box can be yellow, blue or purple. Amazon seems to pick these at random. They sent us the yellow one and we're happy with it. It is a great way to store all the crayons and good for travelling too. Apart from 16 original colours, it also includes 8 metallic and 8 rainbow colours. The rainbow variety has four different colours in one crayon, which makes them kind of special. All the colours are strong and bright and the crayons are easy to draw with - unlike some of the crayons we bought from the Early Learning Centre, which hardly made a mark on the paper, no matter how hard we pressed! They are also easier to hold properly, as they handle just like pens, promoting early writing skills.
We gave these as presents a few times and they were always very popular. The RRP is £9.99 for this product, but a while back Amazon was selling them at around £7.50. The smaller set of 12 costs around £2.99. Considering the longevity of this product, I think it's pretty good value.
Please note that this review was written about the Twistable CRAYONS. The Twistables range also includes a PENCIL variety, which I wouldn't recommend, because we found the pencils break easily if you drop them as they are quite thin. Go for the crayons instead!
On a recent trip to mothercare I came across these and bought them as they were on sale at £1.49 from £3.49. I wouldnt have bought them otherwise as I normally visit the pound shop for kids art stuff.
When the kids seen them they were bery excited. There is a hard plastic outer case on each pencil and appear to be similar to the old propelling pencils with a spring inside.
As you turn the outer case the pencil lead starts to appear. My 4 and 5 year old very quickly grasped how to twist them to get the lead to come out so they could start colouring in. The lead itself is quite thick so colouring in fine detail is very tricky but there is no issue with lead breaking and having to sharpen the pencils. That said you cant really get them into a point so it is a thick pencil line that it draws.
They seem to have lasted for ages compared to the cheaper crayons that we usually buy.
Crayola are well known for quality produce and this is one they should be proud of.
I have a confession. At 23, I still love to colour. Okay, so I don't exactly bust out the Dora the Explorer books, but I like those books of patterns. It's relaxing. Mostly I like to colour when I'm on long plane journeys or otherwise bored. (Those who have seen the Sex and the City movie are probably sniggering about now).
Every avid colourer knows that the choice between crayon, pencil crayon and felt tip is an important one. Sure you get better control with a felt tip, but they can run out halfway through a pattern. Pencil crayons are good, but you need to sharpen them, and they're no good on certain types of paper. Crayons are my favourite, although they too blunt quickly especially over large patches of colour, and are prone to breaking.
Anyway, plane journey looming, I decided to cash in part of my recent Amazon order (thanks again, Dooyoo!) on a pack of Crayola Twistables and a new pattern book.
I wasn't sure what to expect from Twistables. The colouring part itself is the consistency of a crayon, only thinner, and is cased in plastic, with the "twist" part at the opposite end to the point. I say point, they aren't sharp as such, but the tip is a little thinner than the rest of the stick. So, imagine a tall crayon on a diet, wearing a plastic jacket, with twisty..uh...shoes, and you can picture a Twistable. They are considerably longer than a crayon, even longer than a pencil crayon in fact, and about as thick as a relatively fat biro.
I wanted to leave my new book to start colouring on the plane but I was too excited to try my Twistables (*cough cough LOSER cough*), so I decided one page couldn't hurt. In the interests of reviewing and all.
I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to control the point, despite it not being sharp and the crayon itself being quite large to handle. Then again, I am a skilled colourer. It is easy to stay inside the lines, although really detailed pictures might prove trickier, and covering large patches is quick and hardly blunts the point at all. Coverage looked just as if it had been coloured with a wax crayon, sans those lumpy deposits of wax that sometimes occur after sharpening, especially when you are shading a large area.
As the crayon is about three to four times longer than a crayon, and doesn't wear down as fast, I can see the pack lasting absolutely ages. If you think that a normal crayon, once blunt, has to have a lot of itself sharpened off, you will realise that you don't waste any at all this way, and it's bigger to begin with.
I did have a couple of problems with the Twistables, which don't matter to me but if you were buying for a child, as most people would, might. Number one is that the points can't be fully retracted (at least, they can't at this new stage, maybe once the crayon has worn down it will), and there is no cap. So carrying them around in the packet is a must if you're on the go.
Second is that the twist part is the novel idea, of course, and kids might be tempted to twist them all the way up, in which case they would likely break like a normal crayon (especially as they are thinner). They don't seem to back-track too well down the casing, although I haven't risked twisting excessively just in case, but they could well end up stuck like that!
Twistables are currently on Amazon in packs of 10 or 12 (bizarrely both priced at £2.39) or a case of 32 (£7.99). I would imagine they would be easily found at toy shops, supermarkets or stationers such as WH Smith as well.
Twistables are not suitable for children under the age of 3, due to small parts (the twist end), although I feel they would be too large for them to handle anyway.
Crayola Twistables are wax sticks with an added twist! Simply twist the end of the barrel and you're ready to go. There's no labels to peel. In 12 vibrant colours, they're sure to set your imagination spinning.